I would prefer MacLean winning it even though Hitchcock is my current prediction of who wins it.
Would prefer a more offensive coach winning the trophy instead of someone who values the trap more. Would encourage more coaches to adopt a trap to win games instead of flourishing the offensive side of the game.
A few weeks ago, I would've said Maclean deserved it but now Hitchcock has put his name in the mix. Many things can change by season's end but right now, they both deserve to be part of the conversation.
Blues were not a playoff team last year finishing 10th or 11th in the west, no real game breakers to boot but a punch of solid players you can compete with.
Bad start 2 months into the season and comes in as a new coach. If they did not make that coaching change they would most likely be a middling team right now instead of closer to 1st overall.
ONLY guy that should beat him out would be Bruce B. if Ana did not run out of steam and level off to .500 hockey recently after coming all the way back from worst in the league mid season to with in 4 pts.
There's no way Maclean wins it unless Hitchcock falls off the deep end with his team, and that just isn't going to happen.
That being said, I couldn't be happier as a Sens fan. We've had a string of bad coaches and to see players actually take the new coach's system and adapt to it is a nice change. I really like what he's done with the team and he's got a great personality.
its hitch's to lose but maclean has to be a finalist.
he's done great work all year long and depending on things go with the bruins from now to the end of the season his team could finish the season with a division banner
It shouldn't be though. His team is right were they were expected to be. Davis Payne was just not an NHL coach.
Well I don't know about that, I think if Blues fans were told they would be fighting for the President's Trophy, they'd think the world was ending. Are they overachieving? Not necessarily, but Hitch has taken the team to a new level