Lots of Competition for Coach of the Year
Dave “The Hammer” Shoalts of The Globe and Mail takes a look at the coaches in the running for this year’s Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach:
At the top of the list are Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators, Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks, Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes and Guy Boucher of the Tampa Bay Lightning. You can also make arguments for the Washington Capitals’ Bruce Boudreau, the Boston Bruins’ Claude Julien and Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks. And I’m sure at least some Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans will argue for Ron Wilson thanks to the team’s big improvement since late January. On that basis, then, Jacques Lemaire of the New Jersey Devils needs to be considered.
Last Night in NHL Violence
The Dream is Over
There will be no playoffs for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, but it’s been the first year in a while where the positives have outweighed the negatives. There’s work to be done in Toronto this coming offseason if this team is to take the next step, although it appears as though they’ve got the goaltender position locked down:
Yzerman Will Ask Lightning Players to Wear Visors
Steve Yzerman intends to ask his players to consider wearing visors beginning next season. The Tampa Bay Lightning could set a precedent by complying with their general manager’s request. Yzerman is just looking out for the well being of his personnel, St. Petersburg Times:
“We want to keep their eyesights and noses in place,” Tampa Bay’s general manager said. “It’s something we would like to push moving forward.”
Yzerman’s decision to encourage the use of visors comes on the heels of Vincent Lecavalier narrowly escaping significant injury to his eye after taking a stick to the face. Lecavalier knows the value of a shield, but stresses that it can be an uncomfortable transition:
“If I never took it off, I’d be fine with it,” he said. “But once you take it off and you see perfect, when you put it back on, you feel a little restricted. It fogs up. The right thing to do would be to come from junior and never take it off.”
Artist’s Rendering of Aaron Rome’s Empty Net Goal
Aaron Rome doesn’t put the puck in the net often, so it’s completely reasonable that his empty netter from last Tuesday has has been re-imagined as several hilarious scenarios. Check out the work of Chloe Ezra at Pass it to Bulis. Harrison Mooney of PITB will be joining us later today for the Houses of the Hockey podcast, check for it on the site after 11 AM ET.
Scott Glennie to Join Stars For Playoffs… Texas Stars
Via Defending Big D:
At 20 years old and with four seasons of juniors under his belt Glennie will join the Texas Stars full time next season as he continues his hopeful road to the NHL, where he projects as a right wing for Dallas some day.
Glennie will not exactly be a Jamie Benn type add for Texas this year and should not be expected to have a tremendous impact on their post-season, but the experience will be beneficial for Glennie’s development and eventual transfer full time to Cedar Park next year.
Price Shuts The Door
The Montreal Canadiens secured a playoff berth last evening, due in large part to shut down play of Carey Price. Price made a number of huge saves, we’ve got one of the best right here: