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Jack Adams Award Finalists Announced

And they are…

Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues

Many believe that there is no doubt that Hitchcock will win the Jack Adams, and you can’t really argue that.  Taking over the team early in the season, the team quickly bought into his defensive system and never looked back.  Just ask Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott, who had career years as they combined to create the league’s #1 goaltending duo.  The Blues finished with 109 points, the team’s highest total since 1999-2000.

The Blues' early coaching change paid heavy dividends.
PHOTO CREDITS: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators

Many didn’t expect the Ottawa Senators to be as competitive as they were this season.  Projected by many to finish well out of the playoffs, the Sens were one of the better teams in the East for most of the season under the guidance of first-year coach Paul MacLean.  At one point, Ottawa was leading the Northeast division, ahead of the Boston Bruins.  He was able to spark the team’s offense, as Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek both rebounded from a tough year last season to post some solid stats.

Paul MacLean did an admirable job in his first season as an NHL coach.
PHOTO CREDITS: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

John Tortorella, New York Rangers

“Torts” took a team that barely made the playoffs last season to the top team in the East all in one season.  He was able to use all his assets to his advantage, with a solid mix of offense and stingy defense.  Henrik Lundqvist provided the Rangers with some solid goaltending, and the offense was led by Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik.  It almost feels like Tortorella has been in New York for longer than his four-year tenure so far.

John Tortorella continues to prove that he is one of the better coaches in the league.
PHOTO CREDITS: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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