Senators coach MacLean among Jack Adams finalists

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean has been named one of three finalists for the NHL’s Jack Adams award, given annually to the NHL’s top coach.

Senators coach MacLean among Jack Adams finalists

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean has been named one of three finalists for the NHL’s Jack Adams award, given annually to the NHL’s top coach.

MacLean led the Senators to a 41-31-10 record and a playoff berth in 2011-2012, one season after the team limped to a 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference standings.

Many experts picked the Senators to finish last this year, but big seasons from key players and MacLean’s steady hand allowed them to quickly turn things around.

MacLean’s biggest success was building a strong relationship between the leadership core — most notably Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips — and the coaching staff, which was badly frayed under former bench boss Cory Clouston’s regime.

MacLean will be up against the presumptive favourite, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock, and John Tortorella, whose New York Rangers just bested the Senators in a first-round playoff series.

More to come…

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