Michel Therrien took over a last-place team in the Eastern Conference when he was hired to coach the Canadiens last summer and turned them into Northeast Division champions and a second-place finish in the conference, but it wasn’t enough to be one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award that goes “to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”
The NHL announced on Friday morning that the three finalists are Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Quenneville won the award previously with the St. Louis Blues in 1999-2000, while Boudreau won it in 2007-08 with the Washington Capitals. This marks the second straight year MacLean is a finalist after losing to Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues last year.
The Canadiens do have three finalists for NHL awards: Brendan Gallagher is up for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie, P.K. Subban for the Norris Trophy as the best defenceman and Marc Bergevin for the top GM award.
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