by PuckStopsHere on 12/30/13 at 06:48 PM ET
In early November I picked Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche as my first coach of the year leader of the season. His Avs were off to a 12-1 start and his inspiration was a big reason for it. I suspected that it wouldn't last all season and I still suspect a significant meltdown that may negatively affect the Avs in a big way. Since that start, Colorado has a record of 11-14 with four regulation tie points. If their more recent record holds up, they are unlikely to qualify for the playoffs. At any rate, he is no longer the leader for the Adams trophy as coach of the year.
There are better coaches who have had a more lasting impact on their teams. One of them is a better coach of the year leader. My choice is Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks. Boudreau is a player's coach who has made Anaheim a fun place to play and has had significant success as a result. Anaheim is currently tied for first place in the NHL. They have a 28-13 record with five regulation tie points for 61 points. Boudreau is a big part of their success. He was my pick for coach of the year last year. The voters didn't agree last year and they may not this year, but I think Boudreau should be coach of the year again.
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