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THREE COYOTES UP FOR NHL AWARDS

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes accomplished plenty in 2009-10 and the key cogs in what they accomplished are being recognized for jobs well done.


The NHL has tabbed Don Maloney, Dave Tippett and Ilya Bryzgalov as finalists for the annual awards it hands out to the best general managers, head coaches and goaltenders, respectively.

     Maloney
Maloney, who built the Coyotes into a playoff team on a modest NHL-approved budget, is a finalist for the inaugural General Manager of the Year Award, which will be presented during the Stanley Cup Final.

Maloney, in his third season, made multiple key roster moves in the off-season and again at the trade deadline that resulted in the team winning a franchise-record 50 games, earning a franchise-record 107 points and securing its first berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2002.


       Tippett
Tippett joined the Coyotes just a week before the regular season started and implemented a pack mentality approach that the players accepted and thrived under.

His ability to give each player a defined role was well received in the dressing room up and down the depth chart, and his consistent demeanor through good times and bad times proved contagious. Many observers consider him a lock to win the NHL’s Jack Adams Award on June 23 in Las Vegas.


Bryzgalov
Bryzgalov set career marks for games (69), wins (42), shutouts (eight) and goals-against average (2.29). His consistency was the cornerstone of the team’s stingy defense, which it built its identity around. The NHL named Bryzgalov a finalist for the Vezina Trophy along with New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller. The trophy will be awarded on June 23 in Las Vegas.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The NHL’s awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS on June 23.

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