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2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions: The Jack Adams Award

Daniel Spevak is a writer for The Checking Line - Flyers Edition. This is a part of a multi-part series breaking down the potential finalists for the NHL's annual awards.

The Jack Adams Award is an accolade given to the best coach in the NHL each season.

Between rookie coaches bringing teams back to former levels of success, midseason replacements and established veterans, there’s no shortage of qualified contenders for the award.

Let’s take a look at who should be considered among all 30 NHL coaches this season and see who fits the description of the one who has “contributed the most to his team's success.”

Honorable Mentions

Ken Hit...

Tension running high in Blackhawks overtime loss to Flyers

The Blackhawks were in Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Tuesday night before going back home to the UC to play the St Louis Blues on Wednesday.

 

The starting goaltenders for each team were backup rookie goalkie Antti Raanta for the Bkackhawks, and former Blackhawks Ray Emery for Philadelphia. Emery won the Cup with Chicago last season and signed with the Flyers during the offseason.

 

Two and a half minutes in the first period, Andrew Shaw opened t...

Analyzing The Thomas Vanek Trade

As announced yesterday, Thomas Vanek was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospect forward Sebastian Collberg. A conditional second round pick will be sent to the New York Islanders in addition to Collberg if the Habs make the playoffs, with a conditional fifth round pick then being sent to the Canadiens. However, if Montreal fails to make the playoffs, the trade stands as just a single player swap (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

Kyle Okposo Leads Isles Rally In Third, Defeat Flyers 4-3 After Shootout

The New York Islanders played host to the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon with the hopes of earning back a win against their Metropolitan Division rivals after losing to them 6-4 on the road Saturday night. Anders Nilsson and Ray Emery were your net-minders for the Martin Luther King Jr. matinee. The contest would conclude in a

The first period saw plenty of hits and fights between both sides. Matt Carkner fought Jay Rosehill just inside the Isles blue line, resulting in a win for the home team. Just a few minutes later, Kyle Okposo would drop the mitts with Braydon Coburn inside the Flyers zone. Not many punches were thrown, but KO would get the take down, allowing the Minnesota native to be showered with USA chants as he headed to the Isles penalty box.

Where Do The Islanders Go Next?

As the annual Thanksgiving week home stand approaches, the state of the Islanders is not what fans had expected at this point into the season. After last night’s 5-2 loss to the Flyers, the team now sits at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division looking to find any way possible to recover from this recent skid.

Isles Look To Rebound Tonight In Phili

The New York Islanders will look to win the second game of a back-to-back trip against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

Kevin Poulin is expected to be back between the pipes, who made some tremendous acrobatic saves against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night despite a 4-3 loss on a goal that came from Sidney Crosby in the final minute of the third period.

Defensive breakdowns would end up costing the Isles a very valuable point, as they were just a little over a minute away from overtime.

Is Jack Capuano's Job In Jeopardy?

Although he is second on the all-time list of wins as head coach of the New York Islanders, Jack Capuano's job may be slowly becoming in jeopardy with every Islanders loss (Photo credit: OneTigerFan/Flickr).

This is his fourth season behind the beach of the New York Islanders as the head coach of the team, now working closely with assistant coach and former captain Doug Weight. Like many of the previous coaches to hold the position, Capuano's future with the team has always been mired with plenty of criticism.

Isles Return Home To Face The Philadelphia Flyers

The New York Islanders return home to host the Philadelphia Flyers after playing the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road last night, which resulted in a 4-3 win.

The Flyers arrival on Coliseum ice tonight also means the return of former Islanders captain Mark Streit. The puck-moving defenseman was let go over the summer and signed with the Flyers as an unrestricted free agent. He currently has two assists and is a -4 on a struggling Flyers team that is 2-7-0, sitting in last place for the entire league.

On the other hand, the Islanders have continued to find ways to earn points and win hockey games, currently holding a 4-3-3 record on the year. They sit 7th in the Eastern Conference and are in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Gardiner On The Trade Block? Show Me The Centre

Before you flick the switch and let yourself spin around the ceiling fan, let’s consider that a Jake Gardiner trade might not be as bad as you think.

If you haven’t read the report, Elliotte Friedman wrote the following in his always enlightening 30 Thoughts piece:

“14. There is definitely some level of conversation going on between other teams and Toronto involving Jake Gardiner. I despise the word "shopped," as it's more like a feeling-out process. If the Maple Leafs do decide to do it, it's going to be for a young asset or assets. So, you have to look at teams with talented young players. This is PURELY my speculation, but if te...

Early Start Allows For Optimism On The Island

The 2014 season is only two games old for the New York Islanders, but there is already reason for cautious optimism.

Out of a possible four points, the Islanders have started off the year by taking three of them, tying them with the Carolina Hurricanes for second place in the Metropolitan Division, and putting them good enough for seventh place in the Eastern Conference (Photo credit: spotboslow/Flickr).