Ranking the Top Candidates for the Jack Adams Award in 2014-15 NHL Season

January 1st, 2015 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
A few weeks into the 2014-15 season, I ranked my top candidates for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach of the year.

Since that time, three men have been dismissed from their positions: Paul MacLean in Ottawa, Dallas Eakins in Edmonton and Peter DeBoer in New Jersey. (Thankfully, none of them were on my list.) We've also seen last year's Jack Adams winner, Patrick Roy, struggle to get his Colorado Avalanche out of the bottom quarter of the standings. Success can be fleeting.

As 2015 begins and we approach the halfway point of the season, let's take another look. This list narrows the potential candidates down from eight to five, with nods to a few men who could still put themselves back in the race with super-impressive second-half campaigns.

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