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Barry Trotz is a Jack Adams Finalist

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The coach is in his second season behind the bench for the Caps

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Per the NHL, Barry Trotz has been named as a finalist for this year's Jack Adams Trophy, "awarded to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success, by the NHL Broadcasters' Association". Trotz has been nominated alongside Lindy Ruff and Gerard Gallant.

This is the third time Trotz has been in the running for the award (having been a finalist back in 2010 and 2011), but his first as coach of the Capitals; should he win, he'd become just the third coach in franchise history to do so, joining Bryan Murray (1984) and Bruce Boudreau (2008).

In his two years behind the Capitals' bench, Trotz has led the team to a stellar record of 101-44-19 and moved into ninth place in all-time NHL regular-season wins with 658. The 2015-16 season was his best as a bench boss, as he helped guide the Caps to a 56-18-8 finish, a .733 points percentage and a spot atop the Metropolitan Division, the Eastern Conference, and the League.

His toughest challenge lies ahead, as he and the Caps sit on the brink of elimination in the second round yet again - a hurdle that he has yet to clear. But the work he's done with this Caps team make him a worthy finalist for the Jack Adams.

Press release:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League announced today that Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success" as voted by members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association. Florida Panther head coach Gerard Gallant and Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff are also finalists for the award. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Trotz is vying to become the third head coach in Capitals franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award, joining Bryan Murray (1983-84) and Bruce Boudreau (2007-08). Trotz guided the Capitals (56-18-8, 120 points) to the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season club, setting franchise records in wins and road wins (27). Washington’s 120 points and 29 home wins were one shy of club records. The Capitals were dominant at both ends of the ice in 2015-16, ranking second in the NHL in goals per game (3.02) and goals-against per game (2.33). Washington also finished the season ranked second in penalty killing (85.2%) and fifth in power-play percentage (21/9%). Trotz was selected to serve as head coach of the Metropolitan Division team at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.

Trotz coached his 1,300th NHL game on Nov. 27, 2015, against Tampa Bay, becoming the 10th coach in NHL history to reach 1,300 games. In addition, he earned his 649th career win on March 2, 2016 vs. Toronto, passing Ron Wilson (648) for ninth place on the all-time NHL coaching wins list. Trotz has posted a 658-523-60-119 record in his career and ranks ninth on the all-time NHL coaching wins list and 10th on the games coached list (1,360). In addition, he ranks fourth among active coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas).

Trotz is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the third time, following back-to-back nominations with the Nashville Predators in 2010 (2nd) and 2011 (3rd).