NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 26, 2018
Conn Smythe Trophy favorites, plus updates on Barry Trotz and the Golden Knights in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
USA TODAY: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are among the front-runners to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as this year’s playoff MVP. Other candidates include Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault and Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman John Carlson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, Fleury’s the favorite, leading all playoff goalies with a 1.68 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. If he maintains those impressive stats throughout the Final, the Conn Smythe Trophy is his, regardless of the outcome of the series.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz’s contract expires at the end of June. If the Capitals don’t bring him back, he won’t have any difficulty finding another NHL coaching gig.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be awfully difficult for the Capitals to let Trotz walk after he coached them to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. If they win the Cup, they’ll face considerable pressure to re-sign him, regardless of the cost. Regarding the Capitals’ pending free agents (including Trotz), general manager Brian MacLellan said they’re going to “address everything” after the playoffs.
LAS VEGAS SUN: With the Vegas Golden Knights just four wins away from the Stanley Cup, Las Vegas and Clark County officials are making tentative plans for a potential celebration.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks will interpret this as overconfidence by city and county officials. It’s really just common sense on their part. If the Golden Knights win, they want to ensure a safe celebration for the city. After last fall’s mass shooting at an open-air downtown concert, it’s understandable that they’re making preliminary preparations.