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2015 NHL Midseason Awards: Jack Adams Award

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Who is most deserving of the Jack Adams Award for Best Coach?

2015 NHL Midseason Awards: Jack Adams Award

With every team at or right around the 41-game mark, lets take a look at the frontrunners to win the Jack Adams Award for the NHL's best head coach:

Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers

I haven’t heard Vigneault’s name thrown around very much in the Jack Adams conversation so far. But I think he has done one of the more underrated jobs behind the bench this season. He brought the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final last season, and losing such a series is supposed to leave a team with the “Stanley Cup Hangover.” Well, if the Rangers were stung by that hangover, they’ve found the perfect remedy for it because they hit the halfway point of the season as the hottest team in the league. Vigneault has the the Rangers in the thick of the playoff race again and should enjoy his second consecutive playoff season as Rangers bench boss.

Jack Capuano, New York Islanders

What a difference a goalie makes. Much was expected of this Islanders team going into last year after they surprised everyone and made the playoffs in 2012-2013. Inconsistent goaltending and an injury to their captain/best player John Tavares doomed their season. So General Manager Garth Snow went out and addressed his team’s biggest need: Goalie and defense. He traded for Jaroslav Halak and signed backup Chad Johnson, as well as signing some under-the-radar forwards to join their young group of talent up front. A couple trades to solidify the defense and viola! a competitive hockey team appeared. Midway through this season, led by an impressive Halak and a healthy Tavares, coach Jack Capuano has led a resurgence on Long Island. They lead the Penguins by one point for tops in the Metropolitan Division and questions about his job security have all but dissipated for now. 

Peter Laviolette, Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators finished the 2013-14 season with 88 points and in second-to-last place in the Central Division. In comes new head coach Peter Laviolette and BOOM! The Predators hit the halfway mark of the season with the most points in the league at 60. Pekka Rinne has played a huge part in the turnaround no doubt. But Laviolette’s offensive-minded system has fit and been executed very well by his players. He has his team playing excellent hockey and they seemed poised make the playoffs if not get a very high seed. Such a turnaround will not go unnoticed, and if the Preds continue this level of play it will be very difficult to beat Laviolette for the Jack Adams this year.

Notables: Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning; Willie Desjardins, Vancouver Canucks

My Vote: Peter Laviolette

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