Notes: Ottawa’s Paul MacLean named NHL’s best coach

Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators won the Jack Adams Award, given to the NHL’s coach of the year, on Friday as the league announced various award winners.

The top executive honor went to Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero. The Lady Byng trophy for the NHL’s most sportsmanlike player was given to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis for the third time in four seasons.

‘‘I don’t think you start the season thinking you’re going to win the Lady Byng, but all in all, you just try to push the envelope without getting caught, I guess,’’ St. Louis said. ‘‘You play hard and stay out of the box, but at the same time by no means you’re going through the season trying to accomplish that.’’


MacLean, a finalist for the second straight year, led Ottawa to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference while overcoming the prolonged absences of several key players. Chicago’s Joel Quenneville and Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks also were up for the award.

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‘‘It was a very proud day for myself, my family, and the Ottawa Senators organization and what we’ve gone through. We’re pretty pleased here today,’’ MacLean said.

One of MacLean’s players, forward Daniel Alfredsson, was the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award, and Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg was honored with the NHL Foundation Player Award for community service.

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding won the NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award is presented to ‘‘the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.’’

Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last fall and missed 33 games as he underwent treatment. On April 22, he was activated from the injured list and returned to the lineup.

Progress in Phoenix


A person familiar with the negotiations said a ‘‘framework’’ is in place for a lease agreement that would keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona.

But while the person characterized the developments as positive, the Glendale City Council still must study the proposal and vote on it. The next council meeting is set for June 25 and the NHL Board of Governors meets two days later.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposed agreement hasn’t been made public.

Representatives of the team’s prospective buyer, Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, have been talking with city officials about the lease, which is crucial for the sale of the team to go through and keep it playing at the city-owned Arena.

The NHL has been operating the franchise since buying it out of US Bankruptcy Court in 2009.

On the move


Nashville acquired defenseman T.J. Brennan from Florida in exchange for forward Bobby Butler. Brennan, 24, split the season between the Buffalo and Florida organizations. Butler, 26, starred at the University of New Hampshire . . . The Red Wings kept a defensive-minded, penalty-killing forward, signing Drew Miller to a three-year, $4.05 million contract. Miller had four goals, including two game-winners, and eight points in 44 games during the season . . . Police say an Edmonton Oilers prospect was reported missing and is feared drowned. Kristians Pelss disappeared Tuesday, and local media reported that the 20-year old jumped off a bridge in Riga, Latvia, into the fast-flowing Daugava River. Pelss arrived home in Riga on Monday after playing last season with Edmonton’s top minor league team, the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.