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Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 1:44 pm
Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks, Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, the NHL announced Friday. The NHL’s coach of the year award will be announced as part of the NHL awards show in June 22. 

This award is chosen by members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association, who submitted their ballots at the conclusion of the regular season. Here is a rundown of the finalists: 

Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pens were all but written off after they lost Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (knee). Bylsma had to deal with 350 man-games lost to injury, not to mention Matt Cooke’s suspensions. Without his Stars, Bylsma went 20-11-4 over the final 35 games to seize home-ice advantage in the first round with the No. 4 seed in the West. 

Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators: Trotz got the Preds to the playoff in six of the past seven seasons, no small feat for a small market club. The salary cap has evened things out, but Nashville still has one of the lowest payrolls in the league. Minus a deep compliment of forwards, Nashville takes a defense-first approach. 

Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time this season as Vancouver set single-season marks for points, most wins and most road victories. Vancouver scored the most goals of any team this season (262), but also allowed the fewest (185). Vigneault won the award in 2007 and this was his third nomination. 

My pick: It’s hard to overlook the tumult Bylsma dealt with this season. Beyond Crosby and Malkin, Bylsma had to deal with long stretches without Brooks Orpik and Jordan Staal. The Pens, however, never lost focus. He’d get my vote.

-- A.J. Perez
Category: NHL

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2011 1:18 pm

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

pulling for Danny B .. but i think its vigneault to win/lose 54-19 // great reg saeason 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 10:01 pm

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

Let me clarify a comment I made about Trotz:

Unfortunately,I dont see how Trotz fits in ahead of these guys, he finished pretty much the same as last year.
All I meant by this was that the Preds finished with 100 pts last year and 99 this year (1 pt less). Yeah, they finished in 5th instead 7th. But the rest of the conference was worse than last year, the preds werent any better. I understand the feelgood aspect of the story, but I dont think he deserves the hardware over any of the guys I mentioned. Just my opinion.

I like the guy as a coach and hockey personality, he is one of those coaches that I enjoy seeing behind the bench he adds that fiery  element that the game definitely needs back there. Any team would be blessed to have this guy.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 2:26 pm

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

Sure I'm biased, but I honestly think Bylsma should win this by a decent margin. Missing Staal for half the year and then missing Crosby and Malkin for the other half of the year plus Kunitz, Orpik, Cooke, Letestu, and then even some of the call-ups at the same's pretty remarkable that the Pens were able to hold onto the 4th seed. They even ended up tying the Flyers for the divison and the 2nd seed, just lost out due to the tie breaker. Plus he had to switch his team's focus mid-season to defense more than offense when we lost Crosby and Malkin.

Second I'd say Trotz. It's impressive they were able to get the 5th seed because they didn't have any Crosby's or Malkin's from the start. However, he knew he wasn't going to have those guys so they could prepare for that going into the season. He didn't have to switch his team's focus in middle of the season like Bylsma did.

Vigneault got a nomination by default in my mind. The Canucks are loaded. I could have probably coached them to the President's trophy. I'm not saying he's not a good coach, but all he had to do was not get in the way too much and let his team play. 

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:16 am

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

I almost chose not to make a comment but then again I will put one in for Barry Trotz.  On paper I would agree with Perez that Bylsma did an outstanding job given the losses sustained by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.  However, when was the last time you saw a coach take a defensive tieam to the palyoffs six times in seven seasons.  Oh by the way. they weren't the eighth seed this year, they were fifth and on one point away from 4th seed.  There are no stars, none, nada on the Nashville Predators.  Trotz is a genius and getting more out of a player and building a team concept which is masterful coaching.  This year was simply amazing. Oh, they had the best home record in the NHL.  This wasn't a hockey town, we lost the old Nashville Dixie Flyers.  Now teams don't want to come here because this is Smashville.   Trotz is an absolute fire cracker of a coach and if we lost him it would be some other teams lucky star, becuase if we had a payroll.  We also lost some players this season so how do you replace no names with lesser no names and well, finish 5th? Barry I will support you because we know how good you are.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 2:33 am

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

I may be a touch prejudiced since I got to watch Bylsma as a player for several years.  He was a pro's pro as a player and he is as a coach.  I don't think you can go wrong with any of the coaches nominated.

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 1:39 am

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

Forget the Jack Adams Award, Dan Bylsma should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for what he's been able to do with the players he had at his disposal.  He is a man among men.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 12:51 am

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

Not a fan of any of the teams/coaches I will name here-

Hands down, no question Vigneault should get it regardless of the feel good stories. His team had 117 points, 1st in GF and GA. and dominated from the first to last puck drop. 

In the fight for runner up, you should have (in no particular order):

Bylsma- he coached his team to 10+ points without  Crosby and Malkin for more than half the season. Pretty lunchpail for a team known for its firepower.

Boucher- Tampa went from 25th to 8th overall and went up 25 pts in one season. Not only are they relevant again, but they could very well be the team representing the east in the finals.

Laviolette-I dont think his name is mentioned because he already took the flyers to the finals last year. I think the man deserves some recognition for what he did with philly since he took over. If not for a slump near the end of the season, they would have challeneged vancouver for #1 overall.

Unfortunately,I dont see how Trotz fits in ahead of these guys, he finished pretty much the same as last year.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:33 pm

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

Vigneault will end up getting the nod, but I agree with AJ... have to go with Bylsma considering the rash of injuries throughout the year. Crosby for 48 games and Malkin for 36 is absurd.  

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:00 pm

Vigneault, Bylsma, Trotz are Jack Adams finalists

agree with AJ; Bylsma is truly a players' coach and he seems to get the most out of his players; the Pens galvanized when they lost Sid and Geno

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