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Sutter, Brunette, Gallant voted Jack Adams Award finalists

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Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames, Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers, and Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers are the finalists for the 2022 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top head coach.

Sutter erased a disappointing 2020-21 season and turned the Flames into a Stanley Cup contender in his second year back behind the bench. Calgary cruised to the Pacific Division title with 111 points and had the best goal differential in the Western Conference at plus-85.

Brunette took over the Panthers' bench on an interim basis after Joel Quenneville resigned seven games into the campaign. The change could've derailed Florida's campaign, but under Brunette's tutelage, the Cats claimed their first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history with 122 points and set several franchise records along the way.

Gallant, who won the award in 2018 with the Vegas Golden Knights, made an instant impact in his first year with New York. The Rangers had only reached the postseason once since 2017 before Gallant's influence led to a 52-win campaign in 2021-22.

All three finalists are currently in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The NHL Broadcasters' Association has conducted a poll to determine the honor at the end of each regular season since 1973-74. The award recognizes the coach who "contributed the most to his team's success."

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