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Roy, Babcock, Cooper named Jack Adams finalists

May 6, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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A rookie, a sophomore and the league’s longest-tenured head coach have been nominated for this year’s Jack Adams award.

Colorado’s Patrick Roy, Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper and Detroit’s Mike Babcock are up for the trophy, given annually to the league’s top coach. A look at the finalists, per

Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings

Babcock led the Red Wings (39-28-15, 93 points) to their 23rd consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berth, the longest active streak in North American professional sports. Detroit overcame a franchise-record 421 man games lost due to injury, headlined by the 37-game absences of star forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings used 38 players during the regular season, including nine who made their NHL debuts — the club’s highest figures in both categories since 1990-91. Babcock is a Jack Adams finalist for the second time, having placed third in 2007-08.

Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning

In his first full season behind the bench, Cooper guided Tampa Bay (46-27-9, 101 points) to a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division after the club placed 28th in the overall League standings in 2012-13. The coach of Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk when it captured the 2012 Calder Cup, Cooper successfully incorporated several young players into the Lightning lineup, as a League-high eight rookies appeared in at least 40 games — five more than any other club. The Lightning were 20-11-9 in one-goal games after ranking last in the NHL with a 5-12-4 mark the season before, and posted 21 road wins, one shy of the franchise record.

Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche

Roy lifted the Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 points) to a historic turnaround in his rookie season as an NHL head coach, helping the team finish third in the overall League standings after placing 29th in 2012-13. Colorado became the first club since the NHL expanded to 21 teams in 1979 to go from the bottom three to top three in a single season. The Avalanche matched a franchise record for wins, recorded the NHL’s best road mark (26-11-4), ranked fourth in the League in goals (250) and did not suffer a regulation loss when leading after two periods (35-0-3).

As for snubs? Claude Julien, who led the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy, failed to crack the top three, as did Bruce Boudreau, who took Anaheim to first place in the Western Conference on the strength of 54 wins and 116 points.

Todd Richards, who got Columbus into the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history, was also overlooked.

As mentioned above, Babcock is the only one of the three to have been previously nominated for the Adams. It’s worth noting that no Colorado coach has ever won the award (though Marc Crawford did capture it while coaching the Nordiques); John Tortorella was the first and only Tampa Bay coach to win an Adams in 2004, while the last Detroit coach to win one was Scott Bowman in 1996.

  1. hockeydon10 - May 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    All three are deserving considering what they did. Should be a close contest.

    I’d have to say Babcock gets it. I say that completely because of my Red Wings bias.

  2. lilgurgi - May 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Call it what you want, but Berube should have at least been mentioned in the article for honorable mention/snub. He took over a free-falling team and turned them around to make the playoffs.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      It’s always a Flyer fan, just like when Homer should have been nominated for GM of the year (just after signing Brezzy)

      Berube won’t finish top 5 so why does he need to be mentioned at all? Most points in the East and West didn’t get nominated, and the Flyer fan of course thinks his undeserving not that great Flyer somehow got over-looked.

      • goodolejr - May 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        It has nothing to do with being a Flyers fan. If Jon Cooper is a finalist, Berube should have at least been right #4. Boston had the most points in the league while also boasting arguably the deepest team in the league (including the best goaltender, statistically). Flyers missed the playoffs last year, started this year 0-3 before Berube took over and made the playoffs this year, just like Tampa. Only difference is Tampa was swept and Flyers took the Rangers to 7 games.

        And come on, nobody ever expects Homer to win any GM awards.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        12 teams had more points than the Flyers this year.

        Only 2 teams had less points than Tampa last year, this year only 2 teams in the East had more.

        Pennsylvania sports fans live in a bubble, their tv, radio and print media are filled with homers that have people of the state convinced of stupid things and it’s been this way for decades.

        It’s why you still have Paterno supporters throughout the state.

        Ya ya the Flyers missed the playoffs in a short season just after getting over 100 points the season before.

        I’ll repeat it, you’re a Flyer fan actually complaining that coach of the team with the 13th most points in the league isn’t getting any love.

        You think that coach with the 13th most points in the league should get more credit than the guys who coach #1 and #2.


      • goodolejr - May 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Funny because one of the teams who had less points than the Flyers…the Detroit Red Wings. Who’s their coach? It’s that Babcock guy who was nominated, right? Oh yes, thought so.

        It has nothing to do with being a homer fan. I didn’t say Berube needed to WIN the Jack Adams, just that he should AT LEAST be mentioned. I get it. It’s Philly and we’re the ONLY city in the world with homer fans who only watch the home team. And those fans are the majority as well, I must have forgotten. Can’t argue about the media though…our media is awful.

        Any team that starts out the way the Flyers did and finished the way they did (making the playoffs without being a Wild Card) should have their coach receive some sort of credit. Oh and, in reference to another comment on this article, only 2 (TWO!) coaches since ’86 have won the Jack Adams with a President Trophy winning team. So again, I don’t consider Julien a snub because of the team they put together in Boston.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Did the Berube lose his best two players for large chucks of the year?

        Then what are you talking about?
        See? Flyers fan, unbelievable, and there he goes again pretending like 0-3 is the end of the world.

        I’m done educating stupid Flyer fans, Berube sucks, when he gets fired he will never get another head coaching gig in the NHL ever again.

        Book it, I’m done debating buffoonery like this

      • goodolejr - May 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        What am I talking about? I’m talking about the topics that YOU brought up. I also never once said anything about being 0-3. 1-7 is pretty bad though but even besides that, nobody expected the Flyers to make the playoffs early on. You can keep trying to convince yourself otherwise but it is what it is. They struggled early, made a coaching change, and once they got going with a different coach’s system, they played better and made the playoffs. Again, I’m not saying Berube should win, or even be in the top 3. I’m just saying he deserves a little more recognition is all.

        I understand you hate the Flyers. Good for you, man. Sadly arguments of “yeah well even though you made points against mine that make sense F THE FLYERZ!!11!1!11!” don’t really help what you’re trying to get across. Later, guy.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      And oh ya, lemme LOL at the hyperbole of a 3 game losing streak being refereed to as a “free-fall”

      • flyerspsu - May 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Im not saying Berube definitely should have been nominated, but

        Its a lot more complicated than the Flyers starting 0-3, they missed the playoffs last year, went 1-6 in preseason this year looking awful and started 0-3 and 1-7 with the worst offense to start a season in 40 years causing Holmgren to nearly blow up the team when Berube came in and changed the entire system and persona of the team preventing the blow up of the core that was right about to take place

  3. smarshall3789 - May 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I would love to see Babcock win but he’s not going too! Roy took a team from worst to first! Cooper took a very talented but young and inexperienced team to the playoffs! This will be a tough call but either way all 3 are deserving! My gut tells me Roy is going to win!

    • imleftcoast - May 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      It’s almost always a coach in his first or second year. I think Babcock is more deserving given Varmalov saved Roy’s defensive failings, but it will be Roy with the Avs going from worst to playoffs. At least it’s not Sutter getting an award for an unwatchable mess and Quick saving his skin.

  4. bensawesomeness - May 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    I am a Red Wings fan, and i can’t believe i’m saying this, but this one’s all Roy. that team had a ton of talent and he knew how to use them to get to the #1 seed in the Central

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - May 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Babcock doesn’t deserve it. It’s Roys to win but I believe that Berube should’ve been nominated over Babs. I mean if your gonna nominate a guy because of man games lost then why not nominated Bylsma as well?

    • wjarvis - May 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Well Bylsma already won an Adams because the Pens continued to win despite injuries to Crosby and Malkin where they both missed around 40 games.

      It always seems ridiculous to me that the best coaches in the league rarely win or are even nominated for this award. Babcock is one of the best coaches in the League, and has been for a while. Yet it’s quite likely that he’ll go his entire career without winning the Adams, because unless the Wings have a historic season he’ll only be meeting expectations.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Babcock is the best in the game. Sorry Roy but you’re not even 2nd, 3rd or 4th.

        This will be exactly like Lidstrom never winning a Hart even though Pronger never had one single season as good as Lidstrom but won one. It’s about perspective and expectations, and Lidstrom being perfect was just meeting expectations. Just like Babcock being the best is expected.

    • dtownbeatdown - May 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      You didn’t lose your top guys for majority of the year. Just because Malkin had some sand in his vagina for a while doesn’t mean anything. You still had everyday pros out there. Detroit had their AHL team out there playing with the big boys for 75% of the season. Regardless Babcock should have won numerous times but always gets shafted. But this year Roy deserves it, he has been great for the AVs.

  6. muckleflugga - May 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    babs …?

    barbara streisand changed career paths


  7. drewsylvania - May 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    No love for the President’s Trophy-winning coach, eh?

    • wjarvis - May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      From 1977-1986 the coach of the team with the best record won the Adams 5 times, since then only two coaches have won the Adams and the President’s trophy in the same season. There’s almost never any love for coaching the top performing team of the regular season.

    • pepper2011 - May 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      I’m with you Drew. Roy should win it, but Claude had 3 rookies on D all season, and two more in the top 9.

  8. shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Babcock deserves it. He took an AHL team and a horrible defense to the playoffs. He got the best out of terrible players like Kyle Quincey and he had usually lazy floaters like Franzen playing hard (until the playoffs but that doesn’t count anyway). Not to mention it’s pretty obvious he’s the best coach in the world right now both strategically and verbally as a leader.

    Anyone with a pair of eyes and some hockey smarts could see that Colorado team was just waiting to burst out and play well. Anyone who took that job was going to look good. Typical Roy though, positioning himself to look the hero when he really wasn’t. That’s the story of his career. Ditched on the Habs when the going got tough for a team that’d make him look better once again. Retired when he clearly had a couple years left in him because Colorado was on the downswing. Once a rat always a rat. I always laugh at the irrational love the guy gets in Canada but he’s got such a cowardly gutless attitude.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      I see the Roy fans have shown up. Please, attempt to tell me where I’m wrong here.

      I’m not.

  9. 33to22 - May 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM


  10. ironyisadeadscene - May 6, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Roy for the win

  11. shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Put Roy in charge of Detroit this season and I doubt they even make 10th place, forget about 7th. But put Babcock in charge of Colorado and I bet they finish even higher. Like I said, that Avs team was going to play great as long as the coach wasn’t a total buffoon like last year. And this isn’t the Not A Buffoon trophy.

  12. crusty14 - May 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM


    That is the best post you have ever made! Short, concise, witty. And it didn’t use up have my monthly bandwidth to read your comment!

  13. matt14gg - May 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Looking for a certain commenter who claimed a week ago that Therrien should be the COTY, while another commenter said there was no way in hell that clown would even be nominated. One has been heard from…still waiting on the other. The silence is deafening.

  14. jaydynamite - May 6, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Roy’s coaching move of the year was bringing in Francois Allaire, who fine tuned Varlamov’s game. A move which Babcock would not of made. With colorado’s lack of talent on defense, even Babcock wouldn’t have done much them.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Babcock made a defense out of players much worse than Roy’s. Quincey, Smith, Lashoff. Wake up kid, read a book.

      Allaire BTW is horrible. Worst goalie coach in the league. Takes the skill right out until you’re a robot. Varlamov hasn’t yet become the statue Allaire will make him. Give it a year or so.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Allaire turned Giguere into this immobile reflex-less glacier who couldn’t stop a rebound to save a bucket of puppies. He turned Gustavsson from this naturally skilled reflex goalie into a robot when that wasn’t what fit him at all. Once away from Allaire they both began to play more natural and instict-heavy.

      Allaire was overrated in Montreal. He’s Roy’s buddy so he gets to tag along. Roy was never good because of Allaire, Allaire was just AROUND when Roy was good. Then he failed everywhere he went. If you have a goalie who is a statue, Allaire will fine tune him. If you don’t, he’ll force it and shoehorn his style into him until one of them leaves the team. Give it time, if Varlamov gives in to that garbage he’ll suck too.

  15. strictlythedanks - May 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Its Roy or its nobody

  16. pfhockey - May 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    No doubt these guys really helpedd turn around teams. Regardless of who wins, they all deserve a standing ovation at their respective home openers.

  17. drewsylvania - May 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    As much as I hate Bylsma and the Pens, he should merit consideration for the Adams as well.

  18. drewsylvania - May 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    But, as pepper11 said, how many coaches have won the Presidents Trophy with three rookie D-men? I’m guessing the answer is “one”.

  19. gbatap - May 6, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Wow, Ruff gets snubbed from your snub list? All the guy did was take a team that no one expected to do anything to the playoffs in year one of transitioning to new coaching and front office. And in the playoffs he takes that same team and was 2 minutes away from game 7 against the best team in the western conference.

  20. 3oh3isthegreatest - May 8, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Roy all the way … Go Avs … Yes we had a talented crew to begin with , but it takes the right coach to install fire and coach the crew right . Roy is the Gretzky of goalies . So seeing varly make such a huge turn around is no surprise … Seeing McKinnon pretty much being rookie of the year also no surprise with Roy and sakic running things it’s no surprise with the huge turn around . Just like elway running things with the broncos Colorado sports for the most part has taken a turn for the better . At least broncos and Avs . I think the Avs in about 2 years maybe 3 will be back in the championship against either Detroit , penguins maybe bruins

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