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How much difference does great NHL coaching make?

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Mike Sullivan. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Among the NHL's many individual postseason awards, the Jack Adams is certainly prestigious but hardly the sexiest. It ranks well below the Hart, Norris and Vezina and, if we're being honest, probably somewhere above the William M. Jennings and the Lady Byng.

So while many diehard hockey fans can tell you who was MVP or who won the scoring title every season since the '67 expansion, not many can tell you who was the coach of the year last season. Quick, who won the Jack Adams Award in 2017-18? It was Winnipeg's Paul Maurice, of course. Ha, gotcha! It was Vegas' Gerard Gallant. Just checking, but you get the point.

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