Andrew Brunet of the Florida Panthers, Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers, and Daryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames, have qualified for the finalists for the Jack Adams AwardAwarded annually to the coach who “has contributed the most to his team’s success”.
The winner will be announced on June 2nd during the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.
Brunet took command of the Panthers after Joel Quinville’s resignation on October 28. And he led them to Florida’s records in wins (58), points (122) and the Presidents Cup for best regular season record. straight ahead Jonathan Huberdeau Scored 115 points and the goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovsky He won 39 games, each the most in the history of the Panthers. Sam Reinhart (82 points), Anthony Dockler (58 points) and Aaron Ekblad (57 points) They were among 13 skaters to record their NHL career highs, Florida averaging 4.11 goals per game, the most in the NHL since 1995-96.
“I think it’s well deserved for my team, our players and our veteran players who made the transition so easy,” Brunet said. “It’s from Joel, it’s from everyone. I don’t really look at it as an individual award or even an individual is considering it at the moment.
“I guess I haven’t changed. I just tried to be myself. I think the guys understand if I’m not authentic, so I wanted to make sure it was me, and again, I said this all the time; it’s all thanks to them. They made this transition Very smooth. They made it easy for me and competed with their butts all year long, so that’s all you can ask for. I haven’t done anything special.”
Galant led the Rangers to 52 victories, ranking second in their history (53, 2014-15) in his first season with New York. Rangers are the 10th team in NHL history and the first since 2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins to have at least 50 wins, 100 points, and 50 goals (Chris Crieder), scored 90 points (Artemi Banarin(and a goalkeeper with at least 36 wins)Igor Shesterkin). Rangers have 27 comeback wins, second in the National Hockey League behind the Panthers (29). They were in the beginning with 23 comebacks with one goal, and they tied from the bottom with two goals four times and eight of their victories came in the third half.
“It’s an honor,” Gallant said. “Being out the last two years and coming back with the New York team, the team has been excellent this year, we are a young team, so it’s definitely an honor. You look at the top 10 teams and there are a lot of good things coaches, so for me, anyone could have been nominated. Out of the ten and get a chance to win this award.”
He was awarded the Vegas Golden Knights coach in 2017-18, and was a finalist as a Panthers coach in 2015-16. Rangers ahead Ryan Reeves He played with Galant with the Golden Knights for three seasons and the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, losing five games to the Washington Capitals.
It just lets guys play. It doesn’t play guys. It doesn’t play bugs. It teaches you if you make a mistake, but not in a way that makes you nervous to go out and do something on the next shift. It gives you the confidence to go out and correct any mistakes you make. And it tells you When you do a good job. And the most important thing is that it allows the players to play with confidence, whether they have a good rotation or a bad one.”
The Flames (50-21-11) won the Pacific Division in Sutter’s first full season of his second stint as coach. His 111-point team sit second in Calgary/Atlanta Flames history behind the 1989 Stanley Cup champion’s 117 points. Sutter reached the final with the Flames in 2003-04, when he led them to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, and coached Los Angeles to the Stanley Cup Championship in 2012 and 2014.
Sutter said, “The reason I’m coming back is, I’ve said this a lot, I’ve seen a lot of teams, and I’ve seen [Edmonton] Oilers and Calgary a lot… [I] I thought the flame was lagging in terms of what was going on in the department and what was going on in the league. This was the biggest reason for my return.
“I’ve been fortunate to be in the places I’ve been with the owners and the kinds of teams you want to see achieve success. You get to the point where you can, not pick and choose, but you don’t have to go through the process of taking that position.”
Rod Brendamor of the Carolina Hurricanes won the Jack Adams Award last season.
NHL.com authors Tom Guletti and Tracy Myers and senior writer Dan Rosen contributed to this report.