Arturs Irbe helped goaltenders Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Anders Lindback have surprising success this season. He won’t be back for an encore.
Irbe will not return as the Sabres’ goaltending coach, Dan Bylsma said Monday on WGR-AM 550. Buffalo’s bench boss has moved on and is interviewing other candidates.
Irbe, brought to Buffalo by former coach Ted Nolan, was the only assistant to survive the end-of-season purge. He had one year left on his contract, and General Manager Tim Murray wanted his next coach to at least interview Irbe for the position.
“We have moved on from Arturs as our goaltending coach,” Bylsma said on the radio. “I talked to several coaches at the draft, and that will probably be ahead of us in the next week.”
Irbe worked with Nolan as part of Latvia’s national team and jumped at the chance to join him in the NHL. He was very unhappy with the treatment of Nolan by people both inside and outside the organization.