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Trotz wins NHL Coach of the Year award

Trotz wins NHL Coach of the Year award

On Tuesday, Capitals coach Barry Trotz joked with CSN’s Alan May that he’d like to finish third in voting for the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year because it’s been a curse to a few previous winners.

That didn’t seem to matter to voters who gave the 53-year-old coach the first Adams Trophy of his 17-year NHL career Wednesday night at the NHL’s annual awards gala.

Trotz led the Capitals to a 56-18-8 record and a 120-point season to win the Presidents’ Trophy.

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“I think he’s done a great job with the culture within our organization,” said Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan, who finished behind Pittsburgh’s Jim Rutherford for NHL GM of the Year. “He’s helped create, with the assistants and everybody else, an atmosphere where players like to come to the rink.

“They have a lot of fun, they like playing with and for each other. He’s been a big part of that and I think that’s his biggest strength as a coach, to create that environment.”

Trotz won the Sporting News’ Coach of the Year in 2007 (voted on by his peers) when he was in Nashville. He said he’d rather trade in a Jack Adams Award for a Stanley Cup and here’s why:

Last year’s winner, Bob Hartley, led the Calgary Flames to the playoffs in 2015 but was fired last month after the Flames failed to make the playoffs. In 2001, Bill Barber won the Jack Adams and was fired the following year, and in 1997 Ted Nolan won the award and was fired before the start of the following season.

While Trotz won the Jack Adams, the Caps went 0-for-3 on earlier awards. In addition to MacLellan finishing behind Rutherford, Alex Ovechkin lost the Mark Messier Leadership Award to Predators defenseman Shea Weber and Braden Holtby finished behind Patrick Kane for the Ted Lindsay Award for the NHL’s most outstanding player.

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!