Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:07 PM
Babs doesn't get mention because the team didn't clinch a spot in the playoffs until the final day of the season (for the Western Conference, anyway). That is pretty hard to overcome.
Normally that's the easiest way to get yourself a Jack Adams (cf Boudreau). Agree with all the others, Babs produces a juggernaught in 2008 and gets diddly squat for it.
Then again, I've always said that the Adams is the biggest joke of all the NHL trophies. That Scotty Bowman only has 2 of them, after 35 years of coaching winning, dominant teams, shows what a joke it is.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk