Not Stalling Staal in Pittsburgh

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey says Penguins coach Michel Therrien should win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. I’m not sure I’m ready to give the award to Therrien, but one nice point Starkey makes is that Therrien has done a great job managing Jordan Staal’s ice time. As Starkey points out, it’s tempting as anything to give talented rookies as much time as they can handle. Therrien has shown a lot of restraint — something that’s a little easier to do when you have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in your lineup.