The regular season will end Sunday, and so will the voting period for the
Colorado Coach Patrick Roy is too brash to win any popularity contests but he deserves to win the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year, an honor voted by NHL broadcasters. And although
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NHL referee: An NHL column in the April 8 Sports section said that referee Dan Van Massenhoven had worked his final game the previous week. The referee's name is Don Van Massenhoven, not Dan. —
Here's a rundown of whose performances should be rewarded with hardware:
Most valuable player (Hart Trophy): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh. Honorable mention:
Crosby has done more than lead the league with 102 points in 78 games. He has elevated his consistent excellence and lifted his injury-ravaged team with him. He didn't miss a game until a minor upper-body injury sidelined him Sunday. Getzlaf (86 points, second to Crosby) is a strong leader for a team that still sometimes lacks discipline. Giroux overcame a slow start to ignite the Flyers' playoff push.
Jack Adams Award (coach of the year) Patrick Roy, Colorado. Honorable mention: Mike Babcock, Detroit, Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay.
Calder Trophy (rookie of the year): Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado. Honorable mention: Hampus Lindholm, Ducks, Olli Maata, Pittsburgh, Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay.
MacKinnon, the top draft pick last June, has been an exceptional contributor (24 goals, 60 points) on a surprisingly good team. Lindholm's poise and plus-27 defensive rating are genuine. Maata is averaging 18 minutes 31 seconds' ice time for a team that had many injuries on defense. Czech-born Palat (20 goals, 55 points) has a bright future.
Vezina Trophy (best goaltender, voted by general managers):
Rask has an outstanding team in front of him, but his numbers (2.04 goals-against average, .930 save percentage, league-best seven shutouts in 56 games) are too good to ignore. Varlamov (2.41, .927, league-leading 40 wins) has been exceptional while facing an average of nearly 30 shots per game. Bishop (2.23, .924, five shutouts) has kept the Lightning in a playoff position.
Selke Trophy (best defensive forward):
Always a tough choice, but with the schedule ensuring every team played every other team, East-based media now know and rave about Kopitar's two-way skills. Bergeron is having an excellent season, too, and Toews never wavers at either end of the ice. No bad choices there.
Norris Trophy (best defenseman):
Keith is the consensus pick, with reason. He has 60 points and is plus-21 for the defending champion
Job security for Yzerman
Steve Yzerman signed a four-year extension with the Lightning, giving him more time to continue what has been an impressive turnaround. Yzerman, the team's vice president and general manager, had a year left on his previous contract.
Although his job is secure, look for some changes around the league after Sunday's regular-season finale. Most likely to go — Vancouver General Manager
Genetics, anyone? Jake Chelios, son of Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios, signed a tryout contract with the
Referee Don Van Massenhoven, an NHL official since 1993, worked his final game on Friday. He officiated in 1,278 regular-season games, 87 playoff games, and the Turin Olympics. A former Ontario provincial policeman, Van Massenhoven always brought an air of authority to the ice.