Coach Robbie Ftorek has an out clause in his three-year contract with the Erie Otters, which allows him to accept a professional coaching position before an August deadline each offseason. But Sherry Bassin expects Ftorek to return for the final season of his deal.
Oh yeah,” Bassin said when asked if Ftorek, who signed his current deal in June 2008, will return.
“I think he enjoys it,” Bassin said. “I sure hope he is (returning). He’s one of the best I’ve ever known.”
However, Bassin said left wing Stephen Genua likely won’t rejoin the Otters for the 2010-11 OHL season. “I don’t expect him back,” Bassin said. Genua, 19, earned a roster spot this season as a free-agent invite at training camp in August. He had four goals, 11 points and 25 penalty minutes in 48 regular-season games. But he was sent home to Toronto late in the season for disciplinary reasons.
In other Otters’ news, Bassin said he will undergo shoulder replacement surgery in the next month.
He appears to have a positive attitude heading into the procedure. During a recent meeting with his surgeon, Bassin asked him, “What about my golf game after (surgery)? I don’t have anything to blame it on right now. Even if I’m in good shape, but I’m not hitting the ball well, can I blame it on my surgeon?” The surgeon’s response – “Go ahead,” Bassin said.
- Victor Fernandes