By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Breaking news! The man whom everyone knew all along would win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year … has won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year. Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant officially beat out the Boston Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy, as was announced on Wednesday at the NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Gallant shepherded the Golden Knights, an expansion team playing its first NHL season, to a 51-24-7 record for 109 points – the fifth-best record in the league. Proving his team was no fluke, Gallant and the Knights then plowed through the postseason, going 12-3 in the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as they beat the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and Winnipeg Jets en route to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Golden Knights’ incredible first season finally ran out of gas as the Washington Capitals dispatched of them in five games to win the Stanley Cup on their home ice in Las Vegas. But, in light of the Jack Adams Award typically going to the biggest surprise success of the season, Gallant had long punched his ticket to the trophy by that point.
Cassidy, meanwhile, earned himself a much-deserved runner-up and a trip to Vegas as a result of the Bruins’ surprise run to the top of the Eastern Conference. Finishing with the second-most points in the Eastern Conference behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who ultimately defeated them in the second round of the playoffs, the B’s took a roster sprinkled with rookies and a still-growing defense, and wholly exceeded just about everyone’s preseason expectations.
Now, since the Bruins will enter the 2018-19 season with those expectation adjusted (read: heightened), it’ll be hard for Cassidy to get back in the Jack Adams race next year. But the recognition of being nominated was certainly a worthy honor for him and the impressive job he’s done in his relatively brief time behind the Bruins’ bench.
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