NHL announces Jack Adams finalists
|Vancouver's Alain Vigneault, Nashville's Barry Trotz and Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma have been named finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the top coach in the NHL. (QMI Agency/REUTERS)
NEW YORK -- Vancouver's Alain Vigneault, Nashville's Barry Trotz and Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma have been named finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the top coach in the NHL.
Vigneault guided the Canucks to a record-setting season. Vancouver set franchise records this year with 54 wins and 117 points en route to claiming the Presidents' Trophy. They also recorded the most road wins (27) in franchise history.
The Canucks went 54-19-9 in the regular season to claim the top spot in the Western Conference. They ranked as the best offensive (3.15 goals per game) and defensive (2.20 goals-against average) club and also had the league's best power play (24.3 percent).
Vigneault, a third-time Adams finalist, captured the award with Vancouver in 2007 and finished second with the Montreal Canadiens in 2000.
Trotz is up for this award for the second consecutive season. He led the Predators to a 44-27-11 mark, which resulted in a trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. Nashville, which finished fifth in the West, ranked third in the NHL in team goals-against (2.28).
Last year, Trotz finished as the runner-up to Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bylsma led the Penguins to a 49-25-8 mark en route to claiming the fourth seed in the East, earning the second-most points (106) and victories (49) in franchise history. The Penguins gained home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season under Bylsma's direction despite the prolonged absences of star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who missed most of Pittsburgh's final 35 games. The Penguins posted a 20-11-4 record during that span.
The winner will be announced during the 2011 NHL Awards program on June 22 in Las Vegas.