June 24, 2024

The Jack Adams Trophy (best coach in the NHL) might be John Tortorella of the Philadelphia Flyers to lose at the halfway point of the season.Tortorella took a squad that was anticipated to be in the Metropolitan Division bottom and turned them into a legitimate playoff contender. It appears that the Flyers’ current strategy is sustainable, therefore a collapse in the second half seems improbable.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella fined $25,000 for quick exit after Game 5Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella fined $25,000 for quick exit after Game 5

Tortorella is still the favorite, even if they miss the playoffs. When the finalists are revealed, there will be two more nominees, and one of them ought to be Edmonton Oilers player Kris Knoblauch. Knoblauch has led a stunning turnaround for the Oilers.

Panic set in Oil Country at the beginning of the season when the Stanley Cup favorites got off to

When the Stanley Cup favorites started the season with a record that put them dead last in the Pacific Division, panic broke out throughout Oil Country.

There are several candidates that could win the NHL coach of the year award.
After firing Jay Woodcroft as head coach, Edmonton hired Knoblauch, who had been coaching the Hartford, Connecticut, AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers.

According to ESPN’s most recent NHL power rankings, Knoblauch was deemed the Oilers’ “best addition.” Kristen Shilton summed up Knoblauch’s limited playing history this season perfectly:

“The Oilers’ record speaks for itself: after Jay Woodcraft was fired, they were 3-9-1; after Kris Knoblauch, they are 21-6-0. Since Nov. 12, it is the league’s third-best record overall, and there’s no denying that Knoblauch was instrumental in helping Edmonton right the ship before it fully sank.”

Knoblauch might very well be the front-runner for the Jack Adams Trophy if Tortorella was struggling and had not produced a strong body of work in the city of brotherly love over the entire season.

As midseason replacements, three coaches have taken home the honor. In the 2000–2001 season, Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals, Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues, and Bill Barber of the Flyers all claimed victories.

For the record, Hitchcock was hired at the 13-game mark in the season, and Boudreau at the 21-game mark. Additionally, Knoblauch was hired at the 13-game mark.

Knoblauch’s argument is strengthened by the drastic nature of Edmonton’s recovery. Drama is only increased by the fact that the Oilers were preseason cup favorites and went from being division basement dwellers to historic victory streaks.

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