The award is based on regular season performance. The voting has already taken place. MacLean? Ottawa finished 8th. Nobody expected them to make the playoffs but the other 3 guys won their divisions. Nobody expected them to win their divisions. The Rangers and Blues finished 2nd and 3rd overall.
Barry Trotz will get some votes. The 3rd guy is tricky. Tippett. Trotz.
HITCHCOCK, MacLEAN AND TORTORELLA NAMED JACK ADAMS AWARD FINALISTS
NEW YORK (April 30, 2012) -- Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and John Tortorella of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.