OK, let’s get this straight.
Before getting hired today as goaltending coach for the St. Louis Blues, Jim Corsi was out of work for 41 days. That’s 5.86 weeks. (The Buffalo Sabres let him go as goaltending coach April 16.)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided by the United States Department of Labor, 34 percent of Americans transition from unemployed to employed in less than five weeks after losing a previous job. Another 25.9 percent find new work in five to 14 weeks.
So Jim Corsi’s Corsi rating for gaining new employment is plus-13 compared to the national average in the U.S. (the latest data is from 2010).
If you’re a believer in advanced stats, Corsi did better than the average American getting back into the work force quick and efficiently.
If you don’t believe in advance stats, forget everything you’ve read so far. Bottom line, Corsi’s back in the NHL and getting a paycheque again.
Corsi, who turns 60 in two weeks, spent the previous 16 seasons as goaltending coach for the Sabres. He worked with multiple Vezina winners in Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller. Ironically, Miller is currently a member of the Blues, but it is expected St. Louis will let him walk as an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Corsi previously worked in junior and university programs as well as European leagues. As a player, Corsi played briefly in the NHL as a goalie with Edmonton and in the World Hockey Association with Quebec.
His most notable claim to fame is the development of the “Corsi Rating” individual stat during his coaching career. It’s a measure of calculating the number of shots directed toward the offensive goal versus the number of shots directed toward the defensive goal while in 5-on-5 situations.
The growing popularity of these advanced stats in recent seasons prompted The Hockey News to rank Corsi No. 95 on its 2014 list of the top 100 People of Power and Influence.
Brian Costello is The Hockey News’s senior editor and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blog. For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine. Follow Brian Costello on Twitter at @BCostelloTHN