Apr 19, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau and bench during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Boudreau Named Coach of the Year Finalist

The award nominations keep on coming for the Anaheim Ducks franchise. A few days after Bob Murray was named a finalist for GM of the Year, Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year). Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award in 2007-2008 for his work with the Washington Capitals. The other two finalists are Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks.

My predictions for this trophy are MacLean first, Boudreau second, Quenneville third. Well, this is the order I would put those three in. The work MacLean did with the injury riddled Senators is most worthy of the Jack Adams Award. The Sens lost some of their best players to injuries for long stretches of the season, including Jason Spezza, who is still out, Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek. Not only did the Sens hold on to a playoff spot with all these injuries, they dispatched of the 2nd seed Montreal Canadiens in just 5 games. However, I never thought the Canadiens were serious contenders. I don’t think Quenneville should win the Jack Adams. His team is filled with talent and was expecting to be a very good team this season. Yeah they got off to that record start to a season, but is that the only reason he’s nominated? It’s not like his team went through the injuries the Sens had or led a huge turnaround season like the Ducks had. So, if Quenneville wins…….i don’t know. But it’s not right.

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