Constantine worthy of consideration

Kevin Constantine deserves serious consideration for any NHL coaching openings.

Updated: April 27, 2004, 7:03 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
EVERETT, Wash. -- Calgary's Darryl Sutter, Tampa Bay's John Tortorella and San Jose's Ron Wilson are up for the NHL's Jack Adams Award as coach of the year, but hockey's most impressive coaching performance this past season has taken place here in the Western Hockey League by former NHL coach Kevin Constantine.

The former Devils, Penguins and Sharks head coach has led the expansion Everett Silvertips to a U.S. Division title and series victories in the first two playoff rounds. After setting numerous WHL records for a first-year team, Constantine's crew is making a run at another major accomplishment as it takes on the defending league champion Kelowna Rockets for the Western Conference championship. Everett trails three games to two, but is coming off a huge 1-0 overtime road victory Saturday night and plays host to Game 6 Monday night.

No matter what fate awaits the Silvertips, Constantine deserves serious consideration for any NHL coaching openings because of the job he has done taking a bunch of castoffs and turning them into a final-four team in one of the Canadian Hockey League's three major junior leagues.