NHL Canadian Corner – May 1, 2012.

Senators coach up for Adams Trophy, Senators owner hopes Alfredsson returns, Burmistrov not headed for the KHL, another update on the Canadiens GM hunt, and find out which Canadian team Bob Hartley denied speaking to for their vacant coaching job.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators head coach Paul MacLean is a finalist for the Adams Trophy (along with Ken Hitchcock of the Blues and John Tortorella of the Rangers) for NHL coach of the year. Team owner Eugene Melnyk, meanwhile, hopes team captain Daniel Alfredsson returns for one more season.

Burmistrov's agent denies KHL team contacted his client.

WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Agent Mark Gandler, who represents Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov, denied a report claiming KHL team AK Bars Kazan had made him a contract offer. Gandler said neither he or his client had been contacted by any KHL team, and pointed out Burmistrov remains under contract with the Jets for another season. Furthermore, the NHL and KHL have an agreement to respect each others contracts, though it’s not legally binding.

CANOE.CA: reports the Montreal Canadiens met with Tampa Bay Lightning assistant Julien Brisebois last week, and he’s now on their list of potential candidates for their vacant GM post. Brisebois is the guy I believe would be the best choice for the position. Hopefully, we’ll find out very soon who the Habs will pick as their new GM.

CANOE.CA: reports former NHL coach Bob Hartley, currently coaching in Switzerland, denied having contact with the Calgary Flames regarding their vacant head coaching position.




  1. I like seeing that Paul MacLean got nominated for coach of he year as well as Ken Hitchcock. Both took teams that were supposed to be in tough to just make the playoffs farther than was predicted. Torterella on the other hand has arguably the best goalie in the league along with a bunch of stars, so being in the playoffs was pretty much a given. Unless he takes the Rangers to the cup he should not win Coach of the Year.
    I believe any team with lots of stars including a great goaltender should not have their coach nominated for just doing his job. A real Coach of the Year candidate should be a guy that takes a team that was not expected to do anything and turns the team around to make them a contender. That to me is the sign of a great coach.
    I liken it to when Don Cherry coached the star laden Boston Bruins and was named Coach of the Year even though he never was able to take them to the cup. Then he went to starless Colorado and other than throw his teams goalie to the wolves every chance he got, he did nothing with that team. A real talented coach would have made them high achievers snd get thecteam higher on the standings than was expected.
    Personally, Hitchcock gets my vote for taking the struggling Blues and not only getting them into the playoffs but through the first round.

  2. Sigh, if you are going to mock someone, get the facts straight, Bruins with Cherry won the cup in ’72.

    • wrong. Harry Sinden coached Bruins in 1972.
      don cherry never won a cup. his claim to fame is getting his a$$ handed to him by the Habs every year.

  3. Hitchcock or MacClean are great choices for the Jack Adams. Bobby H would make a great coach for the Flames!!

  4. Sorry Old Soldier:
    Didn’t mean to upset you but Vince is right. Cherry never won a cup.