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Which coaches got snubbed for the Jack Adams?

Apr 30, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

Kevin Dineen

So, the list of nominees for this year’s Jack Adams Award is coming under fire.

To be fair, this happens with almost every major award — Flyers fans are still complaining about Claude Giroux and Paul Holmgren not getting nominated for the Hart and GM trophies, respectively — but the coach of the year thing is a different situation entirely.

There could’ve been as many as six legit nominees, including the following:

Kevin Dineen, Florida Panthers

Harvey Fialkov of the Florida Sun-Sentinel calls Dineen’s Adams omission “shocking”:

Dineen took about 12 to 17 new players (at some point in the season) and took them from 15th in the Eastern Conference last season into a division champion for the first time in franchise history. Although the award is voted on before the playoffs, he also had his team one goal away from the conference semis.

A team that has no superstars and no 30-goal scorers notched 94 points and ended a 10-season playoff drought. A team that had as many injuries as any team in the NHL (or close to). Did I mention it was Dineen’s first season as an NHL head coach?

Possibly reason why Dineen wasn’t a finalist? Because Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was nominated for GM of the Year, and largely credited as thearchitect of Florida’s turnaround.

That said, this logic didn’t keep voters from nominating the St. Louis duo of Ken Hitchcock and Doug Armstrong.

Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Tippett won the first division title in Jets/Coyotes franchise history after losing the likes of Ilya Bryzgalov, Ed Jovanovski and Scottie Upshall. That said, it would’ve been hard to give him coach of the year on the strength of 97 points, especially when he won the award in 2009-10 with a 50-25-7 record and 107 points.

Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators

Lost in the hoopla of David Poile’s flurry of activity was the fact Trotz coached Nashville to the third-best season in franchise history. That’s really impressive when you consider 1) how lethal the Central Division was this year, and 2) how many new faces he integrated into the lineup (he also had to deal with both Kostisyns, which should get him some sort of UN humanitarian award.)

Of course, Trotz had been nominated in each of the two previous seasons…and didn’t win. I guess you only get so many bites at the apple.

  1. biffnasty - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Torts! He lead an extremely young team to the best record in the east!!!

  2. biffnasty - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Guess I shoulda read the post that said torts was nominated 1st. Lol my mistake

    • bdawkins2 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      I enjoy making fun of Rangers fans, but you’re making it too easy.

  3. donaldreuben - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Tippet was robbed. The competition in the Pacific was unreal, L.A, Dallas, San Jose and Phoenix beat up on each other all year. In my opinion, the best division in hockey. So it is logical that the coach of the best team in the best division is the best coach, right? Tipp has done more with less than any coach in NHL history! If the Yotes are able to keep the franchise in Phoenix I think a Tippet statue outside would help prove that he is a coach that saved a franchise.

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      I don’t blame you for being all fired up about the Coyotes, you should be. But to say they’re in the best division on hockey is insane. It’s not even the best division in your conference. Toss up between the Central and Atlantic for best in the league. That being said, would love to see you guys finish off Nashville.

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        Also.. I cant believe I missed this and nobody else commented on it.. You want to give a coach a statue outside of an arena bc he played a part in keeping a franchise in a city? If that isn’t the most mediocre reason for giving a guy a statue, I sure as hell haven’t heard one that beats it. Normal franchises save the statues for guys for have brought multiple championships. Not Phoenix huh? Just keeping a hockey is reason enough there. Unreal.

    • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      You’re high if you think Tippet deserves it more than Trotz.

  4. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    How the hell is Laviolette not on the list? The Flyers traded away their captain and their leading scorer in the off season, then they lose their new captain for the entire season, and yet they’ve done as well as they have. Not only did he not make the finalists, but he didn’t even make this list of snubbed finalists? Give me break.

  5. obamablowz - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Peter Laviolette Flyers Head Coach…….In a “rebuilding year” with so many injuries including the C Chris Pronger for 3/4 of the season. How many lost man games filled in by rookies?

  6. govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Scott Arniel!


  7. cameltoews - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM


    You are out of your mind if you think San Jose, Dallas, Phoenix, and LA is a better division than the rangers, flyers, penguins, devils, and so on. That division you mentioned isn’t even the best in the west. You seem to miss Detroit, st louis, Chicago, Nashville in the central.

    • donaldreuben - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM


      Look at the playoff!! Kings the 8th seed beat the 1st seed Canuks in 5 games. Coyotes beat the Hawks and so far they are dominating the Preds. How can you not watch the playoffs and realize this? The defense being played by the teams in the Atlantic is atrocious at best. Philly gave up 9 goals in a playoff game and won the series. I do admit they have some skilled players. But better teams….not a chance. Bad hockey fundamentals to say the least!

      • duece430 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        You are right that there was ZERO defense in the Pitt/Philly series, but generalizing it to the whole Atlantic is stupid. Last I checked, the Rangers did a pretty decent job defensively all season, and especially in the Ott series. And the Atlantic was no doubt the best division in hockey this year, with the central in the west a close 2nd.

      • kneary47 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Look at the playoffs:

        Flyers, Rangers & Devils all from the Atlantic are still remaining. Only Pittsburgh from the Atlantic isn’t in anymore and that’s because they got beat by the Flyers.

      • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        Don’t confuse with best goalies on hot streaks with the best teams.

  8. cameltoews - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM


    First off, you are talking of one series that’s was wide open it Pitt/Philly. That’s just how the series was played. The rangers are playing incredible defense in the playoffs and the devils aren’t too shabby themselves. It’s not like your yotes aren’t giving up goals themselves. Bit despite all that, the Atlantic division is the best division look at the standings. I think the 4th placed devils had more points then. Your division leader. Plus yeah 3 Atlantic division teams still play for the Stanley cup.

  9. tackledummy1505 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Atlantic Division is by far the hardest and best division. You figure we beat the heck out of each other more than any other team, yet our teams 1-4 could’ve won most divisions in hockey. That means every team playing Atlantic Division teams got beat most of the time. Lastly as a Flyer fan who cares Pete didn’t get nominated. I mean really people, you should know by now we are hated and awards the NHL controls, won’t let Flyers win anything. Let’s just win the cup and call it a day. Can’t wait for Flyers-Rangers! The Big Apple versus The City of Brotherly Love! Love it

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