The finalists for the Jack Adams Trophy for the “NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success” have been announced. These finalists really shouldn’t surprise anyone, as Dave Tippet (PHO), Joe Sacco (COL), and Barry Trotz (NSH) are the three finalists for this year’s award. Tippet’s Coyotes surprised everyone this season, finishing with a record of 50-25-7, good for the #4 seed in the West. Sacco’s Avalanche also exceeded everyone’s expectations just by making the playoffs after finishing in the cellar last season. The Avs qualified as the #8 seed, with a record of 43-30-9. Trotz’s Predators finished third in one of the toughest divisions in hockey (Central), with a 47-29-6 record. It is going to be a close battle between Sacco and Tippet, who led their respective teams to a 25 point increase from the 2008-2009 season.