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Walleye goaltending situation clearer with signing of Nagle

07/27/2017, 12:27pm EDT
By MARK MONROE BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Netminder has played six seasons of pro hockey


Pat Nagle spent last year with Fort Wayne and played against the Walleye in the Kelly Cup playoffs. He appears likely to play with Toledo this year after signing a deal with the Detroit organization. BLADE/ANDY MORRISON

The Walleye appear to have their goaltending situation solidified with two signings made by the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids.

The Griffins signed former Fort Wayne Komets goaltender Pat Nagle to a one-year contract on Thursday. Grand Rapids also signed young Czech goalie Matej Machovsky earlier this summer.

Toledo’s NHL affiliate in Detroit annually provides the Walleye with players to develop, including goalies. Both Nagle and Machovsky will most likely be assigned to the Walleye before the season, which begins Oct. 13.

Nagle, a 29-year-old native of Bloomfield, Mich., played for Toledo’s top rival last season. Nagle posted a 15-3-2 record during the regular season for Fort Wayne. He recorded a 2.23 goals-against average and .916 save percentage for the Komets.

He has played six seasons, primarily in the ECHL for Fort Wayne, Florida, and Idaho. He also appeared in seven games in the AHL, including two for Grand Rapids in 2014-15.

Nagle, who is 6 feet, 2 inches and and 195 pounds, also went 5-2 in the Kelly Cup playoffs this spring with a 2.58 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

Nagle became an unrestricted free agent after Fort Wayne elected not to sign him. Nagle has appeared in 222 ECHL games since 2011-12, with a 123-59-24 record, a 2.61 GAA, and a .911 save percentage.

Nagle, who missed nearly two months last season with an ankle sprain, led the Komets to their only win in the Central Division finals against the Walleye that Toledo won 4-1.

The Red Wings’ AHL affiliate also signed Machovsky, a native of the Czech Republic, in May. The 23-year-old played the last four seasons in his native country also known as Czechia.

The 6-2, 187-pound Machovsky had a 2.25 goals-against average and .925 save percentage last season.

The additions will allow the Walleye to fill holes left by the departures of veteran goalie Jeff Lerg and emerging second-year pro Jake Paterson during the offseason.

Paterson signed a contract with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL on Wednesday. Lerg signed with a team based in France.

The final destination for both Machovsky and Nagle is not guaranteed given possible roster moves that could be made during training camp in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are expected to start in Detroit, while Jared Coreau and Tom McCollum are scheduled to play in Grand Rapids. Mrazek, Coreau, and McCollum all saw time in Toledo as young goalies.

FRESH ICE: The ice was installed Thursday at the Huntington Center.

The organization has its two annual camps coming up early next month. The youth summer camp will be held Aug. 7-11 for players between the ages of 7 and 13 and will be instructed by team coaches and players.

The organization will hold its free agent camp Aug. 12-13. Prospects will participate in on ice training, practices, and scrimmages led by coach Dan Watson and other players.

Contact Mark Monroe at mmonroe@theblade.com419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.

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