The Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend, but there was some hope that they’d win something this week. The NHL is naming award winners throughout the week, and that continued on Wednesday with the Jack Adams Award.
Cassidy barely beat out Vigneault with five more first-place votes and six more second-place votes, with a decent gap between Vigneault and Tortorella for third place.
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It’s a bit of a surprising result.
Cassidy’s Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy, but that wasn’t too surprising. They were expected to be one of the best teams in the league after reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season.
Vigneault, on the other hand, took an underperforming Flyers team to the next level. Despite playing just 69 games rather than the full 82-game slate, the Flyers finished with more wins (41 to 37) and points (89 to 82) this season than they did last. Vigneault brought a new voice behind the bench for the Flyers and instituted a new system, both of which showed great results in the regular season.
The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success,” determined by a poll of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association at the end of the regular season.
Vigneault had a decent case to win the award, but the broadcasters viewed Cassidy as the more worthy winner.
The Flyers’ hopes for an award winner now lie on the shoulders of Sean Couturier and the Selke Trophy. The Selke winner will be announced on Thursday night.