When your team rides a strong season the no. 2 seed overall in the Eastern Conference, that tends to be reflected in the end-of-season award nominations. The Montreal Canadiens haven’t had a ton of representation, but they have finalists in two of the bigger awards: Brendan Gallagher for the Calder and P.K. Subban for the Norris.
Marc Bergevin was also named a finalist for GM of the Year. Realistically, there should be another member of the club up for an individual award for the Canadiens, but it isn’t a player. Head coach Michel Therrien should absolutely have been in the mix for the Jack Adams Award.
The finalists for the Jack Adams, awarded to the top coach in the league, were named on Friday. The list included the likes of Joel Quenneville, Paul MacLean, and Bruce Boudreau. All three are deserving candidates, no doubt. But Therrien is a pretty glaring omission.
Under Therrien, the Habs went from bottom feeders in the Eastern Conference, to a serious contender. Though they were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, that doesn’t take away from what he was able to help this team accomplish in the regular season.
With a roster that was very similar to that of 2011-2012, save additions such as Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong, Therrien helped turn the team around. They finished as division champions, their first since the 2007-2008 season.
With Therrien behind the bench, the Habs were one of the more dangerous offensive teams in the league. They finished fourth in goals per game and had the fifth ranked power play unit in the league.
It’s hard to say who Therrien probably should have been nominated over, but there’s no doubt that the NHL snubbed him in not having him as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award. He was certainly one of the best coaches anywhere this season.