Originally Posted by NJDevils17
I think Dineen was worthy of a nomination, but I don't think it's a huge snub since the other 3 guys on here did a great job too.
Dineen and MacLean were in pretty identical situations. Rookie coaches with teams that were destined to be basement dwellers. I think one reason why MacLean was picked over Dineen was because Washington and Tampa were bad which certainly favored the Panthers.
I know Tortorella had some good players, but I think it's noteworthy if you take a good/decent team and make them into an elite/top tier team. Sometimes that's harder to do than taking a bunch of castoffs/scrubs and turning them into a low seed playoff team, like what Dineen and MacLean did.
I realize that both Ottawa and Florida were predicted to be in the cellar, but I still think there was more talent to work with in Ottawa, even if the team had a lot of apparent holes, than Dineen had to work with on the Panthers roster. Yes, the Northeast was theoretically a tougher division (although aside from the Bruins it turned out to be pretty weak), but I still think what Dineen did was somewhat more impressive.
Tortorealla did a very good job this year, but I just think there were 3 more deserving candidates for the award.