Though stars Jason Arnott and Scott Niedermayer missed time because of contract disputes, Robinson kept the defending champs on top. New Jersey went into the playoffs on a 19-2-0-0 run and with an Eastern Conference-best 111 points.
Philadelphia was 12-12-4-0 when he succeeded Craig Ramsay on Dec. 10. Since then the Flyers have adopted his snarling persona and gone 31-13-7-3, despite injuries to several key forwards and relying heavily on a first-year goaltender.
The Verdict: Barber has done more with less, so he's our choice.