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Poile, Armstrong, and Tallon are finalists for GM of the Year

Apr 24, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

David Poile

All three finalists for the 2012 General Manager of the Year Award that were announced today have at least two things in common. First, they haven’t been given the resources to spend to the salary cap. Second, their teams are still alive in the playoffs.

Ladies and gentleman, we present David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues, and Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers.

If we had to pick a favorite, it would be Poile. With all due respect to Armstrong and Tallon, this is the most important season in franchise history for the Preds, and the GM’s done everything he can to build a winner in hopes of convincing defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to make long-term commitments to the club.

In November, Poile made a strong statement when he signed goalie Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million extension.

Later on, the GM pulled the trigger on three trades, bringing aboard Paul Gaustad, Hal Gill, and Andrei Kostitsyn.

He also brought Alexander Radulov back to Nashville just before the playoffs in a transaction that was anything but simple.

Granted, Suter could still walk away this summer. And if that happens, Weber could follow the next year. But if Suter’s sincere when he says winning will take care of everything, then Poile’s done his job.

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Poll: Poile, Armstrong or Tallon — who should win GM of the Year?

  1. markcycy - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    How is Holmgren not a finalist? No other gm would have the balls to trade Carter and Richards in philly’s media market.

    • biasedhomer - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      While I agree Holmgren should be on this list, the 3 nominated are taking teams that had limited resources, but have managed to still stay alive in the playoffs.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Because hockey people have 3 better candidates.

      “Why it’s Matt Read nominated”
      Uhhhh because he isn’t a top 3 rookie in 2012

      Same deal here

      It’s just you Flyer fans who are completely biased and constantly embarrass yourselves to us who played the sport for real, and understand it.

      You know, these hockey people who have followed the game for years and years, who’s job it is to follow it.
      These types are not massive Flyer homers who actually pay attention to the league outside of Philly.

      Cry more Flyer fans
      It won’t get Read or Homer nominated

      • kellyb9 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        Feel free to go back to trolling after this comment, but Homer had a great year (so did Read). He probably deserved consideration from GM of the year… I can at least buy the previous comment about market size and finances being a consideration.

        Also, just because I think it’s important to point out – there’s a lot of real “hockey people” on this board that think you’re wrong.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Funny, None of them have a vote
        And the ones that do have votes agree with me

        This isn’t about Homer not doing well, it’s about Homer not being top 3 this year.

        Which he isn’t

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        Yup, hockey people outside of Philly like Bob Mckenzie of TSN who tweeted:
        Doug Armstrong, David Poile and Dale Tallon nominees for NHL Exec of Year, all worthy, but I had PHI’s Paul Holmgren on my three-man ballot.

        Everything you’ve posted has an anti-flyers bias. So if Flyers fans opinion are trash.. What does that make yours? Just shut up already

  2. seaner44 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    No love in Pheonix?

  3. govtminion - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I vote for Montrea-


  4. flyerscup2010 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    WHERE IS PAUL HOLMGREN? this is absurd

  5. mickeyb21 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    It’s easier to make changes when you have an unlimited budget. Like Armstrong and Poile for using their limited budgets well and fielding strong Stanley Cup contenders.

    • jphilip312 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Your argument is flawed…this is not the MLB. The NHL has a salary cap and a “hard” cap at that. This means that every team is able to spend the same amount up to the cap and cannot go over it (no luxury tax, no exemptions). Paul Holmgren (Flyers) do not have an “unlimited” budget. They have the same budget as every other team in the league. What Holmgren did with trading away Carter and Richards, starting so many rookies, and finding undervalued and past-prine talent (see Talbot and Jagr) was the sign of the GM of the year. These other GMs did a good job but do not hold a torch to Holmgren. The Flyers went from a 2010-11 team that was old and sunsetting on its Stanley Cup potential to a team that is young, talented, and a shoe-in for Stanley Cup contention for the rest of the decade.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        People who matter think differently

        2 of these GM built their team through the draft and the other built his team from garbage others didn’t want.

        So ya, who’s argument is flawed?
        Your argument is for the guy who couldn’t even get nominated…


      • chaser44 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Not to mention the grossman trade, he got him for draft picks and not even a first, Grossman became a top3 defensemen for us. I also believe those other GM’s passed on Couturier.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        You believe those other GM’s passed on Couturier…..

        Typical Flyer fan nonsense

        Homer paid Breezy like an elite goalie and it’s a big mistake that the other GM’s never made.
        But lets pretend that Brezzy and that contract is an awesome signing right Flyer fans?

        LOL “Other GM’s passed on Couturier”
        Well ya, if you consider that 2 of the GM’s didnt have a pick before the Flyers to have the option of taking Couturier 8th overall……….ya they passed.
        And Tallon went with a 17 year old 3rd overall

      • mickeyb21 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        No, the Flyers do not have the same budget as the rest of the league. They can spend up to the cap and they did. They over spent on Bryz and Talbot. See how good they are in 4 years and if they are still worth that much. Good job on Jagr for only one year.

        The Blues and Preds spend near the cap floor. I know the Blues do not have an owner so they had no money to make any moves during the season. Flyers had the luxury to replace injured players by putting Pronger on others on LTIR. The Blues had tons of cap space, but they couldn’t bring anyone in to help. They too had injury issues. They went from not making the playoffs to a President’s Trophy contender. Just think what they could have done if they were able to get injury replacements like the Flyers could.

        The Preds were lucky they could make moves at the deadline without having to worry about players on the IR. Their GM made great moves to make the team better, although a first for Gaustead still seams too high.

      • hines86for6 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        I agree that at first blush a 1st for Gaustad seems too high, but when you factor in how dominant he is at faceoffs and the fact he is a superb penalty killer, it starts to make more sense.

        Also the Preds are flush with young talent at the forward position, so a first rd pick (late one at that) isn’t as valuable to them as other teams.

  6. grimlock410 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I have huge respect for the Blues and the way they built their team. They’ve found a whole lot of talent outside of the top ten in the draft but correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think Armstrong is responsible for those drafts that got Backes and Oshie and Perron and Pietrangelo and so on.

  7. eagleschic - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    I can’t believe Holmgren isn’t a finalist. He made an extremely risky move by dismantling and trading the core and perennial future of the Flyers organization (which I was in agreement with) and went into this season with an entirely different lineup then in the previous year. Holmgren signed Jagr, Talbot, and Matt Read (undrafted rookie FA). Holmgren drafted Couturier who was overlooked by 7 other teams. Coots is a stud and has shown a veteran defensive presence shutting down Malkin all year including the playoffs. And his offensive game is only gonna blossom as hes only 19. We lost our captain and best D-man in Pronger and he traded for Grossmann who’s been a great addition. Flyers were second in the league in scoring and lead the league in rookie scoring. With all the injuries and young players, this team wasn’t expected to go far this year and they have a great shot of winning the cup. This team is set for the future with all out young studs locked up at least for the next 3-4 years. The other GM’s selected didn’t even come close to achieving what Holmgren has this year and the balls it took to do it!

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