I tried to post the first couple lines of this as my status in FB, but it's way too long and my friends don't care enough about hockey to read notes so I figured I'd share this here:
Okay look, Barry Trotz is a great coach. I'm not taking that away form him; he deserves an Adams nomination most years and this is no exception. But Vigneault? Where was Mike Babcock's Adams trophy when the Red Wings were the ones walking all over the rest of the league?
Similarly, Dan Bylsma of the Pens has been nominated, presumably for getting his team to the playoffs without Crosby and Malkin. Where was Babcock's Adams trophy when he made it to the playoffs (and won the first round) with an AHL team?
As far as the Norris trophy goes, I don't think he quite belongs on the list but reasonable men could disagree as to whether Chara deserves the hardware or not. But last time I checked, Babcock is already one of the best/most successful coaches in the League and he's only been at it since '02. The man has missed the playoffs one time in eight years. He has been in the SCF *four times,* which means his teams win their Conference a full 50% of the time. How has this man not won an Adams?
tl;dr nothing against Trotz or Bylsma, but Babcock is *demonstrably* superior to both as a head coach, Vigneault's nomination surprises me on the grounds that the Nucks have done this year what we've basically been doing for the last fifteen, but we seldom get an Adams nod for it.