There have been quite a few worthy candidates throughout the season in the race for the Jack Adams
Award, but three established themselves as the clear-cut candidates when it was all said and done.
Last season, Dave Tippett
captured the award after leading the Phoenix Coyotes
to their first 50-win campaign, and he once again did a phenomenal job to help his club land the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.
Of the first-year coaches in 2010-11, none did a better job than Tampa Bay's Guy Boucher
, who guided the club to the No. 5 seed in the East after racking up 46 victories and 103 points. Boucher seemed destined to be a finalist earlier in the season, but the job his first-round opponent ended up doing down the stretch will likely knock Boucher out of the mix. Combine that with the performances of a couple of coaches out West, and it appears we have three bench bosses who have separated themselves from the rest.