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Trotz says Dubynk has picked up some ‘bad habits’

Jan 22, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

Devan Dubnyk , Matt Duchene AP

Nashville coach Barry Trotz didn’t pull many punches in the wake of Devan Dubnyk‘s disappointing debut in goal for the Preds, a 5-4 loss to Colorado on Saturday.

“He’s got to be a lot better,” Trotz said on 94.9 Game2 radio. “He’s a veteran player in the National Hockey League. I felt that three of the five goals were very stoppable in this league. It wasn’t a great game for him, but at the same time it was his first game [for the Predators], his first trade, a new city, all of the above. We’re getting used to him. He’s getting used to us.”

Trotz also alluded to some “bad habits” that Dubnyk has “picked up this year” in Edmonton.

“We’re really trying to get those corrected, trying to give him some time to work with [goaltending coach] Mitch Korn,” said Trotz.

The Preds have games in Vancouver Thursday and Calgary Friday, so Dubnyk could be back in goal soon.

Related: Edmonton trades Dubnyk to Preds for Hendricks

  1. orangandblack - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Bad habits… allowing 5 goals

  2. hockeyflow33 - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Trotz sure seems to know a lot about goaltending for someone who has never played the position.

    • mrpinkca - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Yeah, it’s not like he’s been the head coach of one of the stingiest teams for the past 15 years or anything…

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