NHL Live is joined by Texas Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth about his OT winner in the Calder Cup championship.
Cooper, Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the Adams Award, presented to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success." The winner will be announced June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.
Cooper took over the Lightning team late in the 2012-13 season, when they finished 28th in the League standings. In his first full season, he guided the Lighting to a 46-27-9 record (101 points) and second-place finish before they were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile joined NHL Live to discuss what's next for the organization and his plans for the 2014 NHL Draft.
The Predators own the No. 11 pick of the 2014 draft, which begins June 27 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Nashville finished the regular season 38-32-12 and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"I've made it known that we're trying to improve our forwards," Poile said. "We'd like to get a top-six forward if we could. If we can do that in a trade, that would be great. If that took trading a draft pick, or even our first pick, I would be open to that. I've made it known to a lot of teams that if they were willing to trade a top forward, I'd be willing to trade the No. 11 pick in the draft."
MacLellan became the sixth general manager in Capitals history when he was promoted on May 26 after spending the past 13 seasons with the organization as a pro scout, director of player personnel and assistant GM.
"I wasn't sure I was going to get the job," MacLellan said. "I was just trying to give the most honest opinion I could of where our organization was at, and what my vision was going forward. I don't think I was critical of ownership, but it was more of this is the way I would see it happening in the future, where ownership and the manager and the coach are all in sync on what we're doing philosophically and they were going to support each other."
The Miami Herald reported Monday that former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, former Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche coach Marc Crawford, and former Columbus Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant are under serious consideration.
"It's been a lot of fun," Tallon said. I've gotten to meet a lot of interesting characters and some great coaches, some veteran guys and some new guys. I've interviewed at least a dozen coaches in the last month. The good news is they all want to come here because of the young players and the talent pool we have coming, and already have on our roster. We've narrowed it down to half a dozen, and probably down to three probably by [Tuesday], and hopefully get it done by Friday, but no later than mid-week of the draft."
Texas Stars forward Travis Morin joined NHL Live to discuss his performance in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals.
Morin's goal 7:20 into overtime gave the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate a 2-1 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 3 on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
In addition to winning a Calder Cup, Morin, 30, has his sights on getting another shot in the NHL. He leads Texas in playoff scoring (7-12-19) after earning a team-high 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season.
Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake joined NHL Live to discuss the Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Kings and the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.
The Kings advanced by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a classic best-of-7 series. With their 5-4 overtime victory in Game 7, the Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s en route to reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
Twenty years ago, Stephane Matteau forever etched himself into New York Rangers lore with his game-winning goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils. Matteau joined NHL Live to discuss that historic night at Madison Square Garden and his wrap-around goal that defeated the Devils in double overtime.
Whenever Matteau hears Howie Rose's famous radio call of "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!," the first things that goes through his mind are emotion and joy.
"Even though it's been 20 years I've heard that call a thousand times, so it feels good and as an ex-Ranger I'm very proud of it," Matteau said. "A lot of players play their entire careers without a moment like that. I'm very grateful that the Rangers had traded for me and I'm very grateful that I had a chance to chip in some of the big goals for the New York Rangers in 1994. It's one moment, maybe, but it was a great moment that I've cherished for the last 20 years."
New Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the Canucks' outlook heading into the offseason.
Speaking from the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, Benning is focused on interviewing prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft and searching for a new coach.
"We've talked about it," Benning said. "This week we're going to be here at the Combine all week interviewing about 20 kids every day through Friday, and we go back to Vancouver on Saturday. And then we'll probably over the course of the next few days finalize our list of candidates to interview and probably start the interview process when we get back starting next week."