The National Hockey League announced on Wednesday the finalists for the Jack Adams Award for the NHL's coach of the year. This award is given every year to "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," and is voted upon by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.
It is the second time that Cassidy has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, with his other nod coming back in 2018.
However, Tortorella kept his team in contention for most of the season, leading the Blue Jackets to a 33-22-15 record and 81 points in 70 games played this season. At the time of the league's shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Jackets were in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division.
Tortorella is up for his third Jack Adams Award of his coaching career. He won his first award back in the 2003-04 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, while also winning in 2016-17 season with the Blue Jackets.
The Flyers were a team coming off a 2018-19 season where they missed the playoffs and ended up firing head coach Dave Hakstoll 31 games into the season. The team responded really well this season, especially right out of the NHL All-Star break, where Philadelphia would go 14-3-1 in 18 games to climb towards the top of the division standings. This stretch included a nine-game winning streak for the Flyers just before the regular season was suspended on March 12 due to the coronavirus.
Vigneault is up for his second Jack Adams Award after winning back in the 2006-07 season as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.