Av coach Jared Bednar's Jack Adams Award snob proves one thing: He's too successful for his own goodson dakika haberler
ST. LOUIS — Jared Bednar has fallen behind — in a good way — with the Jack Adams Award voting for NHL Coach of the Year. The Avalanche coach, the club’s winningest bench manager, was not among the three finalists announced for the 2022 award on Thursday....
ST. LOUIS — Jared Bednar has fallen behind — in a good way — with the Jack Adams Award voting for NHL Coach of the Year.
The Avalanche coach, the club’s winningest bench manager, was not among the three finalists announced for the 2022 award on Thursday. But based on his work, Bednar definitely should have been — and he should have already won it at least once in his previous five years at Colorado.
He was a runner-up in 2018 after leading the Avs by an NHL-worst 22 wins and 48 points in his 2016-17 rookie season to the playoffs the following year. And he should have been again last year after leading Colorado to the President’s Trophy with the best record in the league.
But TNT analyst Darren Pang, who is among the league broadcasters who vote for the award, said the winner is usually the coach who was not supposed to win.
“Great players overshadow the work that coaches have done. Those are the facts,” Pang said on Saturday from the Enterprise Center, where he also covers for the Blues. “The guy who should win the award is Joe Sakic. If your coach is overshadowed by the great players here, then your GM should win GM of the Year, ultimately.
“One of the two should win something because they are a well-thought-out team, a well-assembled team.”
Bednar led the Avs to a club-record 119 points and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs this season. But TNT play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke echoed Pang’s thoughts that Jack Adams doesn’t celebrate that kind of achievement.
“Jack Adams has become a coach who exceeds expectations – not the best coach,” said Burke, who had Bednar among his three votes this year. “It usually goes to the coach of a team that wasn’t going to be so good and now they’re good.”
So Bednar is beyond good. He is the first coach in Avalanche history to lead teams to five consecutive playoff berths, compiling a regular season record of 240-168-46 (.579). Hired by the Avs in August 2016, Bednar is the third-longest-serving NHL starting coach behind Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper (March 2013) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan (December 2015).
Bednar entered Saturday with a 29-18-1 record in 48 playoff games, the second-best playoff winning percentage (.604) among active coaches behind Cooper (.605).
Cooper, who led the Lightning to Stanley Cup glory for the past two years, has also never won the Jack Adams Award. Bednar understands.
” That does not bother me. I don’t take it personally at all,” Bednar said on Saturday of not being a finalist. “I’m a realist and I could name eight, nine coaches, and if one of those guys won it, I’d be, ‘Yeah, he deserved it.’
“So there are so many different aspects to Coach of the Year and the three guys who have all been nominated – very deserving.”
Florida’s Andrew Brunette is a runner-up in 2022 along with Rangers’ Gerard Gallant and Calgary’s Darryl Sutter. Brunette has done a fine job as the NHL’s rookie head coach after inheriting a stellar Panthers roster in October when Joel Quenneville quit under pressure. The Rangers and Flames exceeded expectations.
Three good choices. But Bednar was as good or better.
The Saskatchewan native said the most deserving people don’t always win awards.
Av captain Gabe Landeskog, for example, is expected to be up for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward every year. But he was never a finalist.
“I think Landy should be in that mix every year and we never hear his name,” Bednar said. “He’s one of the best defensive forwards in the game and he always puts up big numbers offensively.”
Bednar and Landeskog only really want to win one trophy: the Stanley Cup. And they can do it together.