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Sens’ MacLean, Ducks’ Boudreau, Hawks’ Quenneville are Jack Adams finalists

May 17, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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The nominees for this year’s Jack Adams Award are Ottawa’s Paul MacLean, Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau, and Chicago’s Joel Quenneville, according to the NHL. The award will be given “to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”

Overcoming adversity is something that all teams have to do, but no one had more roadblocks than MacLean’s Senators. They lost major pieces of their team for significant portions of the season, including the reigning Norris Trophy winner, Erik Karlsson, their top two goal scorers in 2011-12, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza, and starting goaltender Craig Anderson.

The Senators weren’t regarded as a juggernaut even when all those players were healthy and any one of those losses could have been justification for the team missing the playoffs. Instead Ottawa fought against the odds and managed to squeeze into the postseason.

Boudreau replaced Randy Carlyle as the Anaheim Ducks’ bench boss during the 2011-12 and since then the Ducks have bounced back in a huge way.

Anaheim captured the second seed in the Western Conference with a 30-12-6 record. It’s worth noting that the Ducks had their highest points percentage in franchise history. That means they would have bested their record of 110 points in a single season had they maintained that pace through a full 82-game campaign.

Boudreau previously won the Jack Adams Award in 2008.

This is also the season that everything seemed to come together for Joel Quenneville’s Blackhawks. They got off to a historic start to the season and went 21-0-3 before finally suffering their first loss in regulation time. They never slowed down significant and won the Presidents’ Trophy with a 36-7-5 record.

Quenneville won the Jack Adams Award in 2000 when he led the St. Louis Blues to the Presidents’ Trophy with a 51-19-11-1 record.

  1. Clark Street Sports - May 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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    • prd797 - May 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM

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  2. tfaltin - May 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    No question, give it to the Walrus.

  3. bigt12789 - May 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Though it pains me to say it as a B’s fan I thought Therrien would have been a finalist for the turn around the Habs had this year. Of the 3 finalists I’d have to go with MacLean. The amount of injuries the Sens had this year would have derailed a lot of teams, so to make the playoffs with that young roster is pretty damn impressive.

    • jpelle82 - May 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      i think the gm change did more for the habs than therrien. therrien showed his character with all the whining in the sens series.

      • bigt12789 - May 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Very true. The guy does have a tendency to wear out his welcome rather quickly with his teams, but anytime a team goes from the cellar of a conference to winning a very competitive division the coach must have done something right.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 18, 2013 at 3:46 AM

      Just too much competition. Q was a given because of the streak and conference dominance, MacLean was because of the injuries, and so it comes down to Boudreau or Therrien for the best turnaround of their team. Montreal was on a downswing when the voting took place, so Anaheim gets it. Thank god, too. Getzlaf would have had another hissy fit about east coast bias if Therrien got the nom instead of Boudreau.

  4. bgrillz - May 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I give it to MacClean. The amount of injuries, and new faces and youth he had to deal with, he made the most of what he had. It’s easy to be a coach for a team loaded with talent, and guys who are responsible. It takes coaching to take young kids, and watch your top guys fall week after week and still win in the NHL. Especially in a shortened season where there is no room for long letdowns.

  5. jpelle82 - May 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    well i still like boudreau even though they got bumped by the 7 seed. not his fault corey perry crapped the bed in the playoffs, he had his chances just didnt finish. throughout the season he juggled the goalie situation well, got his team to 1st in the division after missing the playoffs, and got beachemin playing like a norris trophy candidate. mclean had some good young guys fill in and anderson was a monster, still a lot of adversity to overcome and i think its a toss-up between him and boudreau. chicago is just stacked, i dont get why coach q’s on the list over adam oates and his pp prowess getting the caps into the division lead late in the season.

  6. capsfan19 - May 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Im seriously not trying to be a “whining” “annoying” caps fan but i really oates was in this running up somehow.

    • JoeAvg - May 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Not whining or annoying at all, but you are looking at it through homer glasses. The hot streak the Caps had at the end of the year is something a lot teams go through over the course of an 82 game schedule. The timing and short season made theirs look better than it was. In the end the Caps finished where most people thought they would. In the middle of the pack (10th overall) during the season with their perennial early exit from the playoffs.

  7. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Minus Anderson for a significant stretch, Minus Spezza, Minus Karlesson = Playoffs?
    Not usually, so it must be MacLean

  8. hockeydon10 - May 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Got to give it to MacLean.

    I’m honestly quite surprised Babcock isn’t on the nominee list. Their injury situation was horrid, plus losing a generational talent on D, plus losing another top 4 D and they still make 7th seed.

    Quenneville seems like the odd choice. Take a team bursting with talent and win the President’s Trophy. Really, their 2nd line is better than quite a few teams’ first line (Col, CBJ, Cal, etc.)

    • comeonnowguys - May 17, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      It’s not so ridiculous that they consider Quenneville. Considering the angst and turmoil they had going into the season, the fact they had two top 6 fowards down at the same time for a good portion of the season (3 if you count Bolland), it’s not just as easy as xeroxing the same lineup night in and night out. He did put a rookie on the top line which paid off, and when things were slightly shaky, he mixed up the the backend, and now it’s as strong or stronger as its ever been since their resurgence.

      Still, I don’t think should actually win. Their GM, on the other hand, should.

      • hockeydon10 - May 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Two down at once, eh? Sorry, that’s nothing comparatively. Both MacLean and Babcock suffered far worse. At one point Detroit was putting the 9th depth guy into the lineup. Also, I didn’t say it was ridiculous. Just that it’s an odd choice.

        Look, I understand that it’s not an easy job even with a great team. It’s just that it’s really hard to overachieve with such a strong team. Otherwise Bowman would have a couple more. The only reason the Q-stache is on the ballot is because of the record breaking streak.

        GM award? Meh. It’s hard to care about that one. A GM’s team reflects years of work.

  9. JoeAvg - May 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Well here’s another clue for all
    The walrus was Paul

  10. georgeeledan - May 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

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    • prd797 - May 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      You gotta be flippin’ kidding me…begone miscreant!

  11. koredan - May 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    While MacLean and Boudreau are obvious (and excellent) choices, I’m glad to see them recognizing Quenneville. The conventional wisdom seems to be that anyone can coach a team with a lineup as strong as Chicago’s, but it takes a talent for balancing egos and keeping all players, stars and depth guys alike, on the same level. Plus, let’s not forget that the season started with Q’s job in jeopardy after two disappointing seasons. If a winning season were as easy as stacking the team and letting them go, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, etc. would never fail. But the Rangers’ struggles and Tortorella’s frustration this year show that there’s more to it than that. Not just anyone can make it work. So while I’m sure the nomination will be Q’s reward, I’m glad he got it.

  12. spavs412 - May 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    No doubt sens coach should win!!! Go pens get em n go up 2-0

  13. myroncopesflask - May 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Wilford Brimley… I mean Maclean has to win this right? 1975

  14. 19to77 - May 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Karlsson’s the D-man… Alfie’s the captain… give it to Paulrus! Goo goo g’joob!

  15. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 17, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Therrien may not be a great coach, but he did a very good job with the limited talent he had. Certainly less talent than what BB had at his disposition. So, I think Therrien should have been a finalist instead of BB.

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