ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — After the best regular season in franchise history, the Washington Capitals almost lost two assistant coaches to other NHL teams. Todd Reirden was a finalist for the Calgary Flames’ head coaching job and Lane Lambert for the Colorado Avalanche’s. The Flames hired Glen Gulutzan in June, and then after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy the Avalanche hired Jared Bednar last week. That left Jack Adams Award-winning coach Barry Trotz’s staff intact for another run at the Stanley Cup. Trotz was selfishly glad to still have Reirden and Lambert on the bench, especially considering the Capitals have most of their players back and are again a Cup favorite. “You never like to lose
Bernie Nicholls still has his Stanley Cup memories. The former Los Angeles Kings forward, who joined the team’s coaching staff as part of the 2012 championship run can recall the games and what it was like the hoist the trophy for the first time in his hockey career. In recent years, Nicholls – who played 1,127 games and had 1,209 points with six NHL teams – has struggled with memory loss so still being able to cherish this top hockey moment in his life is important to him.
Kevin Allen, in an interview with Pro Hockey Rumors, pointed to the Rangers as one of the teams that he felt has had the best offseason. (Pro Hockey Rumors) Allen notes the improved speed of the team with Michael Grabner, the addition of Pavel Buchnevich and how they "stunned" many by landing Jimmy Vesey. (Pro Hockey Rumors) Allen also says that Nick Holden "wasn't a bad pick up" and that they moved a player in Derick Brassard to get a younger and bigger center in Mika Zibanejad. (Pro Hockey Rumors) Matt Larkin writes in The Hockey News that the Rangers "stealthily" changed things over the past month and that while no one move felt "epic" when you combine them all together Gorton made the Rangers