Is it too early to start talking about the Jack Adams award? Because I’d like to nominate Carolina’s Peter Laviolette as coach of the year.
Picking the NHL’s best coach is a complex process. You can look at wins and losses. You can examine strategy. You should probably look at post-season success. But for me, when you look at Laviolette this year, and across his entire career, really, one stat is going to make the case for you: The coach got a one goal/three-point night out of Sergei Samsonov Tuesday.
The Hurricanes have lost four out of their last five, and that always brings up calls to fire the coach. If you get three points of the 2007 Samsonov, I say you get to keep your job for the rest of the season.