Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Julien, Chiarelli win Sporting News awards

Maybe not as exciting as an Adams trophy (or a conference final berth, for that matter), but the Bruins' front office has something to celebrate thanks to the Sporting News.

Claude Julien was named Coach of the Year. I was shocked to discover that the previous three winners -- Lindy Ruff, Barry Trotz, and Mike Babcock -- have managed to hold onto their jobs since winning the title. In an NHL where both Eastern Conference finalists fired their coaches mid-season, that's a strong endorsement.

Also, Peter Chiarelli picked up the Executive of the Year title. Hopefully he'll do a better job of defending it than previous winners Bob Gainey and David Poile, both of whom enjoyed a very short moment in the sun.

Steve Mason won Rookie of the Year, giving him an opportunity to practice his Calder acceptance speech.

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