Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Peter Laviolette Deserves the Jack Adams Award

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Peter Laviolette Deserves the Jack Adams Award
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With only a handful of games remaining in the NHL regular season schedule I'm calling the competition for Coach of the Year and awarding it to the Philadelphia Flyers' Peter Laviolette.  

Sure, a strong case can be made for a few head coaches deserving recognition this year.  Ken Hitchcock has his St. Louis Blues leading the Western Conference standings and the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

The Nashville Predators' Barry Trotz has also done well in coaching his team to the playoffs in the Central Division, one of hockey's two toughest divisions.   

But no coach and team have performed under the unique circumstances of Laviolette's Flyers, and, with few exceptions, no coach or team has to do their job under such a scrupulous microscope as the Philadelphia Media Market.  

In a year of unknowns the man fans affectionately refer to as "Lavy" has exemplified all the qualities of a great coach: Leadership, teaching and knowing how to manage his team as a whole as well as each individual player. 

Need more reasoning before handing the Jack Adams to Peter Laviolette?  You know what to do, and be sure to argue with me in the comments, there's nothing better than end-of-season award debates.  

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