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MacLean a finalist for Jack Adams

Friday, 17.05.2013 / 10:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog


Sens head coach Paul MacLean has been named as a finalist for the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach, the league announced on Friday.

This will be MacLean's second consecutive year being nominated for the award as he was also a finalist in 2012 — his first season with the Sens. Last season he led the Sens to a 41-31-10 (.561) record and playoff berth despite the team being predicted by many to be a bottom-feeder in the Eastern Conference. The team bowed out of the playoffs after an intense seven game series with the New York Rangers.

In 2013 MacLean guided the Sens to a playoff berth once again despite the team being ravaged by injury all over the lineup. Key injuries to Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson came in the span of four weeks as the team lost a total of 382 man games to injury over the 48 game season. The shorthanded Sens held on to a playoff spot despite having to integrate numerous call-ups into the lineup, posting a 25-17-6 (.583) record.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Sens dispatched of the number two seed Montreal Canadiens in five games and are currently getting set for Game 2 of their series with number one seed Pittsburgh. They trail that series by a game.

If MacLean captures the award he will become the second coach in Sens history to take the honour. Jacques Martin won the Jack Adams back in 1999.

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Sens GM Bryan Murray offered his thoughts on Paul MacLean's nomination this afternoon. Here's what he had to say...

On the nomination:

He certainly did an outstanding job this year. It's certainly a compliment to him and to his staff that they were able to put the team in the position he did, to develop the players he did and help the team win hockey games at the same time and give us a chance to get into the playoffs and be a competitive team almost every night.
On if MacLean's coaching job in 2013 was more impressive than 2012:
Absolutely. It was an outstanding job. There were times during the year we had seven key players out of our lineup and he was able to bring up a number of young players playing their first games in the National Hockey League, allowed them to play, gave them ice time, gave them an opportunity to play with a variety of linemates and defensive partners and survive. Not only did they survive but he put them in positions to be successful. It's development, it's playing in the NHL at the same time and then, again, when Craig Anderson went down he was very happy and willing to play either Robin Lehner or Ben Bishop for a period of time and, again, allow us to win and compete every night. The job was outstanding, I think it's great for the organization that Paul gets recognized this way. There's a lot of people contributing that. I thought he had a real outstanding coaching staff with him that work very hard, the scouting staff, the overall management group that were able to bring along some of these players for the depth of the organization. Then, of course, Paul being the figurehead and the coach stepped up and provided opportunity and developed an attitude that allowed these people to be successful.
On what makes him a good coach:
He's really willing to put them in a position. A good coach puts a player in a position to be successful. He makes certain demands of a player, he tries to set him up with the best opportunity, he works him hard in practice getting ready for games but the biggest thing is he's willing to play guys that whether they're quite ready or not, he puts them in a position to allow them to be successful and allow them to use their talents to the best of their particular ability. The other thing, of course, that goes without saying about Paul is he has people skills galore, he's one of those people that is open minded, talks to his players, respects the player, understands what it takes to be in the NHL and puts the player in the position where he has the best chance to be successful.

Murray is a Jack Adams winner himself as he took home the Coach of the Year honours back in 1984 while behind the Washington Capitals bench.


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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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