Mike Babcock will deserves Adams if Leafs make playoffs: Cox

Mike Babcock will deserves Adams if Leafs make playoffs: Cox

So we’ll have at least four Canadian-based NHL clubs in the Stanley Cup square dance this spring, and won’t that just be swell. The folks at Rogers Communications can surely breathe a sigh of relief after not having a single Canadian team to broadcast a year ago, and the NHL and NHL Players Association have a little more green to share with more high-revenue teams in the mix.If you had told most hockey fans there would be four Canadian teams in the post-season, most would have guessed the Canadiens, Senators, Oilers and Flames, particularly since three of the four had been in the 2015 playoffs. Who knows — there may even be a fifth Canadian team this year if the Maple Leafs can make it.It’s going to be tight for Lou Lamoriello’s crew, probably right down to the final week, which in and of itself is a noteworthy upgrade on recent seasons. To a significant degree, the Leafs have their fate in their own hands. Run the table, or come close to it, and they’re in the post-season, which is about the way most hockey clubs would want it, as opposed to hoping other clubs crash and burn.If the Leafs do make it, head coach Mike Babcock should capture the Jack Adams Trophy and coach-of-the-year honours. That’s not to say that he will, only that he should. Babcock, despite his superb coaching record — more than 1,100 games coached, two Presidents trophies, three Stanley Cup final appearances with two different teams, one Cup ring — has never won the Jack Adams, which is a little odd when you think about it.Then again, it is a bit of idiosyncratic award.Article Continued BelowOf the last 10 winners, six — Barry Trotz, Patrick Roy, Paul MacLean, Dave Tippett, Bruce Boudreau and Alain Vigneault — have never won a Cup. Bill Barber won it in 2001 and Bob Francis captured the trophy in 2002, the last two years before Babcock entered the NHL as a head coach.That’s not to say those who award the honour, members of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association, have anything necessarily against Babcock. They’re just a little erratic at times. Joel Quenneville won the award while coaching St. Louis, for example, but never while coaching the Chicago Blackhawks. Five of the last six winners, meanwhile, were subsequently fired by the team they were with at the time.Then again, this is the same association that annually gives out the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in conjunction with the Hockey Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting, yet has never seen fit to recognize either Dave Hodge or Don Cherry, both legends in the industry.

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