Welcome back to the 2010 Rosie Awards! In today’s installment, we will honor the very best from the management (coaches and general managers) during the hockey season. That said, let’s get the first performance out of the way.
After a grand entrance from the 1989 Calgary Flames in part one, another Canadian performance was a must for part two. With that, here is a favorite theme song that everyone can enjoy. We now bring you, the Hockey Night in Canada theme.
Yes, the HNIC theme should return to its rightful place on CBC. Hopefully it returns to its rightful place even though I know it’s unlikely to happen. That’s all right TSN, you still provide us with Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger.
Well we love to thank the Hockey Night in Canada them for kicking things off in the management portion of the show. Let’s get straight to the awards.
Our first award of the show will go to the top GM in the league (according to yours truly) as the recipient of the Let’s Make a Deal award. Here are the nominees…
Dean Lombardi – Los Angeles Kings
Ray Shero – Pittsburgh Penguins
Doug Armstrong – St. Louis Blues
And the winner is…Dean Lombardi
Since taking over the reign as general manager of the LA Kings in 2006, Lombardi has slowly built a highly competitive franchise through drafting and has made a couple of worthy transactions as well. During his tenure, Lombardi drafted young studs in Drew Doughty, Thomas Hickey, Trevor Lewis and Jonathan Bernier and he made some noteworthy acquisitions including Ryan Smyth and Jack Johnson. Lombardi has the Kings going in the right direction in the new NHL, as things are still looking bright in LA despite their recent struggles.
From the Let’s Make a Deal award, we segway directly into the Let’s Try to Make a Deal award. Here are the nominees…
Lou Lamoriello – New Jersey Devils
Garth Snow – New York Islanders
Glen Sather – New York Rangers
And the winner is…Lou Lamoriello
This isn’t necessarily a knock on Lamoriello’s career as Devils GM because quite frankly his record speaks for himself with three Stanley Cup victories during his tenure. But in the aftermath of “Kovygate” the Devils product on the ice has been pretty lackluster, and that ridiculous 17-year contract 12-year contract that he handed to Ilya Kovalchuk in the off-season hasn’t paid its dividends.
Is Lou entirely to blame for the Devils struggles? Of course he isn’t. But is he a part of the problem this year? Yes he is. The Devils are faced with cap problems right now and with Zach Parise a restricted free agent at the end of the year, things may be looking a bit dimmer in Newark.
Up next is the coach’s sound bite of the year. To add a little more speculation, the sound bite won’t be listed in the list of nominees and will be presented to you via YouTube when the winner is announced. Here are the nominees…
John Tortorella – New York Rangers
Lindy Ruff – Buffalo Sabres
Ron Wilson – Toronto Maple Leafs
Jack Parker – Boston University
Don “Toot” Cahoon – UMass-Amherst
And the winner is…John Tortorella
It’s no secret that Torts is quite outspoken when he talks to the media. It’s also no secret that he and New York Post hockey columnist Larry Brooks have rarely seen eye to eye. I guess that means the two won’t be having Christmas Dinner together nor will they be exchanging birthday gifts anytime soon.
The Brooks-Tortorella rivalry gained more traction on this January night after the Rangers fell to the Flyers. Here was there latest altercation on that cold, January night in the city of Brotherly Love (as ironic as that sounds).
And for an added bonus, here’s a more famous altercation the two had back in 2007 when Torts was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Brooks had a few sarcastic remarks during the postgame press conference.
Ah yes, he still knows what he did. Don’t believe him? Just ask…
On a little more serious note, I would like to conclude this portion of this show with a tribute to Pat Burns.
In my mind (and just about everyone else’s mind), Burns certainly deserved to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He certainly has the credentials worthy enough to be inducted, and I still don’t understand the logic of not inducting him before he lost his battle to cancer a few weeks ago.
But even with all these bizarre events before his death (including the false report of his death back in September) and after his funeral (where Burns’ widow had several pieces of memorabilia stolen from her car), his legacy he left both on and off the ice should be cherished.
To conclude the management portion of the show, here is a tribute from the Montreal Canadiens of the one, the only, Pat Burns.
See you next week for the media portion of the 2010 Rosie Awards.