Friday, May 17, 2013

MacLean Named Adams Finalist For 2nd Straight Year

For the second straight season, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean has been named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award. The Adams is handed out as the league's best coach in case you didn't know. Quite the honor to be named in back to back years, especially when they were your first two seasons as an NHL coach.

MacLean guided the Sens to surprise consecutive playoff appearances, and this year helped Ottawa make the post season and win their opening round against Montreal, without most of their key players for the majority of the season. He guided the Sens to a 25-17-6 record in the regular season, good for the 7th seed, while playing 14 rookies at points this year. The other finalists are Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau and Chicago's Joel Quenneville.

Typically, the Adams is awarded at the NHL Awards at the end of June, but because of the shortened season, the award will be given out during the Stanley Cup Finals. A series MacLean hopes to be coaching at the time. Even Pittsburgh's coach Dan Bylsma thinks MacLean should win.

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