The finalists for the Jack Adams Trophy in the NHL were announced earlier today and another member of the Vancouver Canucks has been recognized for their work this past season.
This time it was head coach Alain Vigneault getting a nomination as one of three best head coaches in the 2010-2011 NHL regular season. He was nominated alongside Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma and Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators.
Each coach was deserving of their nomination for their respective coaching jobs this past NHL regular season and you could make a case for each nominee to be the eventual winner.
Bylsma was able to lead his team to a 4th seed position in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference and almost took home the Atlantic Division title even though his team was without their two best players in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Leading your team to the top half of the conference without your two best players, two of the best players in all of the NHL, shows how good of a coach you are. Sometimes it really is about the system and who knows if any other coach would have done as good a job as he did with what he didn’t have.
Barry Trotz took a team, in Nashville, that was full of low-key and unknown-to-the-common-fan players and took them to the playoffs after finishing 5th in the Western Conference. While it might not count in the voting, as this is a regular season award, he also coached the Predators to their first ever playoff series win and that has to count for something.
All Alain Vigneault did was coach his team to the best record in the NHL number one overall seed in the playoffs and coached the Canucks as they recorded the most wins in the history of the Vancouver Canucks’ 40 years as a franchise.
As you can see, each man has a case as to why they should win the award and you really can’t be upset with any one of them coming away with the hardware in June in Las Vegas.
What do you fans of The Canuck Way say? Who do you think deserves the Jack Adams Trophy?