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GALLANT, RUFF AND TROTZ VOTED JACK ADAMS AWARD FINALISTS
NEW YORK (May 5, 2016) – Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards, hosted by actor Will Arnett, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:
NEW YORK (May 5, 2016) – The National Hockey League announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Wildfires in the Fort McMurray area have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing shelter, food, accommodation and comfort.
“The National Hockey League family stands with all who have been affected by the devastating fires in Fort McMurray,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We send thoughts of support and encouragement to our neighbors as they confront the physical and emotional impacts of this disaster.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"We're going to stress the positives in a couple ways,'' Trotz said Thursday. "You just have to worry about winning the next game. We were in a reverse situation last year where, you know, in Game 5 we had a team basically pretty well down and out, and they threw a puck to the net and it hits one of our defensemen, goes in and they end up winning in overtime and that sort of changed it. Right now, everything's come a little harder for us. Pitt's doing a really good job. I'm not going to take anything away from them. ...
"But we have to find another way to not really reinvent the game, but just execute better, be a little sharper. If we get a chance to score, we've got to bury our chances. Those are the things that are going to matter, and then we've got to stay with it. You've got to have the belief that if you win one -- win the first period, keep going. If you win one, then things can change. I mean, we were prime candidates to see it firsthand in the Rangers series last year. Hopefully, all we can do is just look at the game in front of us and just take it from there."
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Ready or not, the humbled and grateful Chayka steps in after emerging as the best of 10-to-12 candidates ownership spoke to for the gig. This after just one season as an assistant GM in Arizona, where his work touched "all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support."
Experienced, life-long hockey men such as Paul Fenton, Mike Futa, Julien BriseBois, and Les Jackson (reportedly the one candidate Arizona could not come to terms with after "extensive interviews") remain outside Club GM, while a whip-smart fast-tracker from Jordan Station, Ont., slipped through the velvet ropes faster than you can say "defensive zone start."
Chayka is best known for co-founding and directing Stathletes Inc., a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and searches for objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.
Below, watch Chayka with a one-on-one after today's press conference...
All of the overtime goals in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Lindy Ruff has been around a long, long time. Which, in turn, has left him a damned good coach. Good enough to be in the Jack Adams talk for the NHL’s coach of the year award, the finalists for which come out Thursday night.
There’s no scheme that St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock could dream up that Ruff won’t have an answer for, and vice versa, as two old Alberta-bred coaches with more than 2,800 regular season games coached between them push and pull over whose preferred style dictates the way this series is played.
We thought this to be true when the series began, but now we are certain: Dallas isn’t going to win at St. Louis’ heavy, forechecking game. And the Blues can’t beat Dallas’ at the “score off the rush” game the Stars prefer.
So this series stands at 2-1 for St. Louis. But really, we’ve watched two games played St. Louis’ way, and one for Dallas. So it’s more like, Hitchcock 2, Ruff 1.
I tweeted this out earlier today but for those of you not using it...
from David Davis of Deadspin,
The number of truly iconic hockey pictures is surprisingly small. The sport is notoriously difficult to photograph, thanks to the fast-paced action, the elusive puck, and some unique space, proximity, and lighting restrictions. There’s Denis Brodeur (yes, Martin’s father) and his shot of Paul Henderson celebrating Team Canada’s victory in the 1972 Summit Series; Ralph Morse’s eerie portrait of goaltender Terry Sawchuk, his scars and stitches simulated with makeup; Heinz Kluetmeier‘s “Miracle on Ice” celebration photo after the U.S. defeated the U.S.S.R. at the 1980 Olympics.
But one image looms above the rest: Ray Lussier’s photograph of Bobby Orr immediately after he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 1970 Finals. The black-and-white image shows Orr in mid-air, hovering above the ice, as all of Boston Garden—all of New England—erupts.
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms with forward Jaromir Jagr on a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau,” Tallon said. “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all-time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”
“Jaromir has had a tremendous influence on our younger players and has been a key offensive contributor on our team,” Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant said. “We are happy to have him back as we look to build off this year’s playoff appearance.”
...Pittsburgh has been outshot 144 to 136 in the series, with high-danger scoring chances — those that originate in the slot or crease — also in Washington’s favor (51 to 42). According to Emmanuel Perry, after adjusting for shot location and volume, the Capitals should be outscoring the Penguins 12 to 11, and be tied in the series after four games. Instead, it’s the Penguins who have the lead on the scoreboard thanks in part to potting goals that have low probabilities of success in the first place.
-Neil Greenberg of Fancy Stats at the Washington Post where you can read more from the analytical side of this series.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that John Chayka (SHUY-ka) has been named as the Coyotes’ new General Manager. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Chayka becomes the eighth general manager in franchise history.
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