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Poll: Who will win the 2012 Jack Adams Award?

Apr 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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As reported earlier, the NHL named its finalists for the 2012 Jack Adams Award, given annually to the coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”

The three nominees are: St. Louis’s Ken Hitchcock, Ottawa’s Paul MacLean and the New York Rangers’ John Tortorella.

Before we get to the poll, some things to consider…

— Unlike the other awards, which are voted on by either NHL GMs or the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, the Jack Adams is decided by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.

— Regarding Hitchcock (an in-season replacement): Only two coaches have ever won the Jack Adams after replacing the head coach who started the season. Philly’s Bill Barber won it in 2001-01 after replacing Craig Ramsay; Washington’s Bruce Boudreau won it in 2007-08 after taking over from Glen Hanlon.

— This is Hitchcock’s fourth Jack Adams nomination, Tortorella’s third and MacLean’s first. Of the three, only Torts has won (in 2004).

— The last St. Louis Blues head coach to win the Adams was Joel Quenneville (1999-2000), the last Senators coach was Jacques Martin (1998-99) and, surprisingly, no Rangers bench boss has ever won the award.

— For what it’s worth, Hitchcock is our favorite for this year. Posting a .703 winning percentage played a fairly big part in that decision.

Onto the poll, then…

  1. hockinj25 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Hitchcock will probably win it easily. Nobody expected the Blues to be a competitive team, let alone contending for a President’s Trophy and Stanley Cup.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Ehhh, I wouldn’t go as far as to say nobody expected them to be competitive. The Blues are one of those teams that, on paper, should easily be a playoff team, if not a Cup contender. When you have guys like Backes, McDonald, Steen, Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, and Stewart (still nowhere to be seen) and you’re not above .500 and you don’t make the playoffs, there’s something wrong there. Hitch has been the difference maker, and has been another prime example of what good coaching can do.

      • t16rich - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        Agreed. I think the Blues get underrated and valued because of their division, especially this year. With the preseason hype mostly being on Detroit, Chicago and Nashville, it’s easy to see why people underestimated the Blues coming into this year. I doubt very many analysts were saying in the preseason, that the Blues would be a cup contender or division winner before Nashville, Chicago or Detroit.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        there’s a lot to be said about how he has handled goalie 1a and 1b too. he got this team the kick in the pants they needed and got them playing defense again.

  2. t16rich - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Ken Hitchcock hands down, anybody arguing that has their head up the Rangers butts. Even a Rangers fan can agree with that. Sens year was special considering where we all predicted them to finish, and Rangers had a hell of a year. But like I said, Hitchcock all day for Coach of the year.

  3. donaldreuben - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    How is Tippet not nominated for this award? He took a team with a lack of superstar talent, minus an owner, plus a goalie who cleared waivers, and all he did is win the Pacific Division and nab the #3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. It is absolutely criminal that he did not get considered for this award. The hockey experts predicted that the Coyotes would fail to make the playoffs after losing Bryz to free-agency. Guess what, the experts were wrong again. Tippet has done more in his time with the Coyotes than any coach I have ever seen. If the Coyotes survive the ownership issue, Tippet is the sole reason! To me, he is the best coach in the league, hands down. C’mon experts, start earning your pay! You are starting to remind me of a certain player that just flew in from the KHL! Your analysis is Radalov like!

  4. howardforvezina - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    MacLean should win it. The Ottawa Senators were predicted to be one of the worst teams and they made the playoffs. The Blues had all they needed but a coach. Laviolette should be in before Tortarella, did the Flyers not have a lot of injuries. Just think about the season as a whole voters.

    • mickeyb21 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      You basically gave Hitchcock all the credit for the Blues season. All they needed was a coach. Hitchcock was that coach who pushed them all but one game from a President’s trophy. Not to mention doing it with a low budget team and multiple injuries as well. Went from a 21st ranked team last year to a number 3 team this year.

    • t16rich - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      And like you said, look at the season as a whole. Hitchcock never really had a weak stretch. The Sens at one point in March were neck and neck for the division lead and lost out on it. Their division also only had the Bruins and themselves for playoff teams. Blues and Rangers divisions each had 4 teams make the playoffs, all 8 teams from those divisions had over a 100 points. Maclean deserves alot of credit, hence the nomination. But that is where it ends. This is Hitchcock’s award.

  5. barcthespark - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    If Hitchcock doesn’t win, the NHL Broadcasters’ Association must be psycho.

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