April 24, 2012
NHL notes: Tallon up for award
By QMI AGENCY
Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon's busy summer paid off when his team made the playoffs.
And now he's been recognized for making over the Panthers into a Stanley Cup contender, earning a nomination for the league's GM of the year award along with Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and David Poile of the Nashville Predators. The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
"Good players make good organizations and he's done an excellent job of identifying guys that can come in here and fit into what we're trying to accomplish," Florida coach Kevin Dineen said on NHL.com. "It's a great nomination."
Tallon overhauled the Panthers roster last off-season, adding nine new players to a team that had missed the playoffs for 12 straight years. This season the Panthers won the Southeast Division title.
Players from three Canadian teams are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul and Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty earned nominations Tuesday for the awards that goes to the player who best exemplifies "perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
Alfredsson returned to the Senators after having back surgery in the summer and racked up 59 points in his 16th NHL season. Pacioretty bounced back from a fractured vertebrae and concussion to finish 2011-12 with a career-high 33 goals and 65 points.
Lupul put up a career-best 67 points just two years removed from a back injury and blood disorder that caused him to loss 30 pounds and nearly ended his career.
"That's an eye-opening experience to put it mildly," Lupul told QMI in March. "You don't know if you'll ever play again, even be able to lead a normal life again."
'CANES INK TLUSTY
Career highs in goals, assists and points earned forward Jiri Tlusty a new two-year, $3.2 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday.
Tlusty, a former No. 1 draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, had 17 goals and 19 assists in 79 games, also a career best, in 2011-12.
"Jiri had a very good season and showed that he can contribute as a top-end NHL forward," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He should continue to be an important part of the Hurricanes coming off of his career year."
In 228 career NHL games with Carolina and Toronto, Tlusty has 34 goals and 40 assists.