No bias here – just facts!
On Wednesday, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was awarded the Jack Adams Award. The Jack Adams is given out every year to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success.” As with any Bruins-related subject, there were arguments as to why Cassidy should not have won. His fellow nominees were Alain Vigneault of the Philadelphia Flyers and John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Let’s compare them, shall we?
Vigneault became head coach of the Flyers in April 2019. The Flyers had a .645 save percentage up until the season pause in March of this year. They finished with 89 points at sixth place in the NHL.
Columbus’ success this year was a surprise to many. Tortorella led the Blue Jackets to a save percentage of .579 and they ended up being 14th in the league with 81 points. The team was expected to do much worse, mostly because they lost superstar forward Artemi Panarin to the New York Rangers during free agency.
The Bruins were the best team in the league this year finishing the shortened season in first place with 100 points and an impressive save percentage of .714. Their success allowed them to receive the Presidents’ Trophy, which is given out every year to the team with the best overall record. Not only did they have the best record in the NHL, but their special teams were on fire. The Bruins had the second-best power play (25.2%) and third-best penalty kill (84.3%). In addition, they had the best goaltending tag team between Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. The William M. Jennings Trophy was awarded to the Bruins this year, which is an annual award given to the goaltender(s) “having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it” during the regular season.
Despite all three coaches having commendable seasons, Cassidy is by far the most deserving. Every aspect of the Bruins was a powerhouse this year. They were a Stanley Cup favorite in many people’s eyes. The stats and standings speak for themselves, and teams don’t have such great success without a fantastic coach behind it all. Whether you are a Bruins fan or not, it’s a no-brainer that Cassidy was the right choice. As they say, numbers don’t lie.
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– Caylee Allard (@2kaRask)