TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning's Jon Cooper was named one of three finalists for the NHL's Jack Adams Award, given to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the league announced Tuesday.
Cooper, 46, led the Lightning to 101 points and a 46-27-9 regular-season record, which resulted in the franchise's first postseason appearance since the 2010-11 season. They finished second in the Atlantic Division before the Montreal Canadiens swept them in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
"I would say more excited than optimistic," Cooper said on April 24 when discussing his anticipation for next season. "Optimistic -- I think there's a little bit of doubt in there."
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy also were named finalists. The winner will be announced June 24 in Las Vegas.
Cooper guided Tampa Bay through plenty of turmoil. Last June, the Lightning moved on after a compliance buyout of long-time...