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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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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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