Danno sends over the news that NHL.com has Michel Therrien as the odds-on favourite for the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year. Chicago’s Joel Quenneville and Ottawa’s Paul MacLean are the runners up.
You can see it here.
Quenneville had his club on that massive unbeaten streak, earning at least a point in their first 24 games, and the Hawks remain a force to be reckoned with. In Ottawa, Paul MacLean has steered his Senators team through injury woes to hold on to a playoff spot, although it could slip away at any time. Losing Erik Karlsson was as big a blow as can be, and I’m not one to rave about enemy players, but Karlsson’s a beauty.
For me, Therrien as coach of the year is a no-brainer. Everyone knows the story. A team goes from basement to penthouse in miraculous fashion. Habs fans had run out of patience and Therrien and GM Marc Bergevin went about fixing it for us. A rags to riches story, coming soon to a theatre near you.
Therrien’s been tough, (Ryan White understands this all too well), but he’s made this team consistent and a true contender. He’s even calmed P.K.Subban down, with the help of defensemen coach J.J. Daigneault, and instead of this major tweak hurting his game, Subban is Norris-bound.
The Jack Adams should be Michel Therrien’s. He’s earned it. There’s a handful of big-time awards this team could collect this year and unless you hate the Habs, it’s all very exciting.