Phoenix Coyotes: Why Coach Dave Tippett Deserves Jack Adams Consideration

May 8th, 2012 by James Wrabel, Jr. Leave a reply »
Back on April 30, the NHL released their three candidates for the Jack Adams Award to be handed out June 20 at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas. Ken Hitchcock, John Tortorella and rookie head coach Paul MacLean were given the nominations, and there's no question all three are worthy of the honor.

Of the three coaches listed, only John Tortorella's New York Rangers still remains in the playoffs. Hitchcock's St. Louis Blues were swept by the red-hot Los Angeles Kings, and MacLean's up-and-coming Ottawa Senators lost in seven games to New York in Round 1.

There was one coach still remaining in the playoffs who you can considered "snubbed" for the award, and that's Phoenix's Dave Tippett.

The Jack Adams winner for the 2010 season—his first year in the desert—Tippet did a tremendous job with his team during the regular season, going 42-27-13 for 97 points, capturing the franchise's first division title and finishing third in the Western Conference. Phoenix avenged their first-round sweep last postseason to the Detroit Red Wings by having a noteworthy 2011-12 campaign. 

The award is given to the coach who contributed ...

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