The Calgary Flames’ Daryl Sutter was honored Thursday with the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the coach who was voted the league’s best coach by members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
Sutter led the Flames (50-21-11) to the Pacific Division title in the first full season of his second term as coach. Her 111 points was the second-most in Calgary/Atlanta Flames history behind the 117 of the 1989 Stanley Cup season and the sixth-most in the NHL that season.
Under Sutter, the Flames rose from 19th place last season in goals per game (2.77, 3.55) to sixth this season and improved in goals conceded (2.86, 2.51) from 16th place in third place.
Prior to joining the Flames on March 4, 2021, Sutter had not coached in the NHL since the 2016-17 season with the Los Angeles Kings.
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“The reason I came back, I’ve said that a lot, I’ve watched the team a lot, watched the [Edmonton] Oilers and Calgary a lot… [I] thought the Flames in terms of what’s going on in the division and league,” Sutter said after being named a Jack Adams finalist. “That was the main reason I came back.”
“I’ve been fortunate to be in the places I’ve been, with the owners and teams that you’d like to see succeed. You get to a point where you can’t choose, but you can’t choose anymore either have to go through the process to take on this position.”
Sutter is the second Flames coach to receive the award (Bob Hartley; 2014/15). He was a finalist with the Flames in the 2003-04 season and finished third as he helped the organization qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. That season, he led the Flames to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014.
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“A really outstanding coach and of course the coaching staff is really good,” said Flames forward Elias Lindholm. “We are all happy for them that they have received this prize or this award. It is nice to see that the organization is doing well.”
Florida Panthers’ Andrew Brunette and New York Rangers’ Gerard Gallant were the other finalists for this award.