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

Apr 24, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

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Now that the three finalists for GM of the Year have been announced, it’s your turn to vote on who should win.

Unfortunately, your vote won’t count, as the winner’s actually decided by a panel consisting of all 30 NHL general managers, plus five league executive and five members of the media.

But clicking on polls is fun, so just do it.

The candidates to succeed Mike Gillis of the Vancouver Canucks:

David Poile, Nashville Predators

Signed Pekka Rinne. Traded for Andrei Kostitsyn, Paul Gaustad and Hal Gill. Brought back Alexander Radulov from Russia. If the Preds beat Phoenix, they’ll advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues

Fired Davis Payne and hired Ken Hitchcock, the favorite to win coach of the year. Picked goalie Brian Elliott off the scrapheap and watched him start 36 games and finish with a GAA of 1.56. Added veterans like Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner to complement a young lineup.

Dale Tallon, Florida Panthers

Was forced to spend/commit millions over the summer to get above the salary cap floor. Which sounds easy in theory, but when everyone else knows it, it’s hard to get very good deals. Among his moves that are paying dividends in the playoffs, Tallon traded for Brian Campbell and the defenseman’s enormous contract; he acquired Kris Versteeg from Philadelphia; he signed Tomas Fleischmann, Sean Bergenheim, Scottie Upshall, and Marcel Goc; and he acquired Mikael Samuelsson from Vancouver while unloading David Booth’s big contract.

  1. jimw81 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Either. It should be Paul Holmgren. He Trades out his two biggest stars, loses Pronger mid-year, playing 8 rookies and yet makes enough moves over the summer and during the season they end up 3rd in points in the East.

  2. enrgy2burn - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I am unsure how Paul Holmgren, who SHOULD win the award, didn’t even make this list!

  3. bluesfan72 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Holmgren deserves to be on this list more than Tallon.

    • howiehandles - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      More than Tallon? I wouldn’t agree with that, but would agree that he should be on the list. Florida was horrible. Philly at least had some talent on their team, even without Carter and Richards.

      • epictron1 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        It’s kind of hard to vote for someone who was “forced” to sign, and trade for high priced talent just to get minimum of the salary cap.

        He also passed over Couturier in the draft.

        The Panthers made the playoffs because the Southeast Division is just horrific.

        Paul Holmgren let Richards, Carter, Versteeg, Carcillo, and Leino go. With that, he brought in Talbot, Jagr, Read, Simmonds, Schenn, Voracek , Grossmann, Kubina and Bryzgalov.

        Totally revamped team two years after almost winning the cup.

        Paul should AT LEAST be nominated.

      • scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        Passing over Couturier was not a mistake: just look at Huberdeau’s stats in the QMJHL!
        http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=122625
        I won’t say that Couturier is a bad player; I think he has a great future, in fact. But Hubie looks like the real deal right now. Had skill set to make roster at the beginning year, but needed to beef up.

        Maybe I agree that Holmgen should have been nominated, but there were only 3 spots open and 4 good candidates to fill them. Something had to give.

  4. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Look at all the Flyer fans yet again only looking at their guy and discounts what everyone else did this year.

    Just like Matt Read all over again
    Btw Again, sorry for being right about the Calder and telling you the reality that was going to happen.

    Yet again
    HOCKEY PEOPLE got it right

    Seriously Philly fans, why are you all so blind and bias about everything?
    Bandwagon pens fans have to take a backseat to you Flyer fans when it comes to bubble dwelling.

    Is it a Pennsylvanian thing?

    Tallon had GARBAGE and had to spend to the cap
    He has this award SEWN UP

    The Blues rose from he ASHES and didn’t use $$$ to buy themselves into contention. All their players are drafted and built from within.

    And the Preds have built themselves quite the team and play in the toughest division in hockey, and they too built from the draft and didn’t spend big money in FA.

    It’s truly amazing how low the hockey IQ is around here.

    • kneary47 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      So I guess trading away two franchise players mean’s nothing in your eyes. Other then “buying” a goalie over the summer what else did they really buy?

      Richards for Simmonds and Schenn
      Carter for Voracek and the pick for Coots

      Realizing you need D so you trade for Grossman and Kubina. I guess 8 rookies is buying players and not drafting or signing un-drafted rookies.

      Realizing the guys who you signed long term deals to weren’t good for the franchise and getting rid of them so to rebuild a new nucleus takes a lot of balls. You can make a case for their division being just as good as the central. I believe the top 4 teams in the Eastern Conference (NJ tied with Boston) all came from the same division.

      When you only make the playoffs once after a lockout it’s pretty easy to build within because you get better draft picks. Being that the Flyers have missed the playoffs one time since I can remember it’s a lot harder to build through the draft and not get a good mixture of players drafted and sign free agents.

      I guess by your logic Shero should be GM every year because he was able to draft Malkin, Fleury, Crosby and Staal by sucking for several years in a row. But hey he built his core through the draft!

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Shero didn’t draft any of them…

        Do me a favor and name one impact forward drafted since Shero took over? Or one good signing? The only one I can think of is Head Hunting Neal.

        Shero backed himself into a corner with the Malkin and Crosby deals, leaving no room for mistakes, then made big ones on Fleury, Martin, and Michalek. Pens are gonna crush bad teams for a long time, but they don’t have what it takes to win in the playoffs ever since signing Malkin and Crosby to those deals at the expense of their depth. That only works in the NBA, not in a team sport.

      • kneary47 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        @flyersgoalscoredby88. I think my post about Shero went totally over your head. I was joking about that. I was making a point about how it doesn’t matter how you build your team. Some teams suck for a few years and get good drafts based on their losing records. The Flyers (by the way which I’m a fan of and hate how people use the “Pittsburgh Model”) aren’t always in position to draft high as they either move picks to hopefully bring home the cup for certain needs for that year or just have a high record and don’t draft till later in the first round. When they have a need they go out and fix that need whatever it takes (i.e, all the draft picks they gave away for Pronger). Therefore the job Holmgren did shouldn’t be discounted just because he signs free agents compared as opposed to waiting and hoping they draft the right players.

    • somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      The Preds aren’t in the best division in Hockey, that is the Atlantic. St. louis had one more point than the Rangers, and that was only because you get points for OT losses (dumbest rule in all of sports). Without that, they finish 3rd

      Even with that, the Atlantic’s 2nd beats the Centrals 2nd, Atl’s 3rd beats Centrals 3rd, Atl’s 4th wins etc. All the way down to the bottom where the Islanders beat the Blue Jackets by 15.

      They are in a good division, but there isn’t a division in the NHL as good as the Atlantic, and that will just get more stacked next year when Washington moves in

  5. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    “Franchise players”
    LOL
    Carter is garbage

    Richards is massively over-rated.

    You mean cut bait and ran?
    You mean cut out 2 cancers that he picked in the 1st place when it was affecting the entire team?

    You mean that massive long and rich contract he gave to Brezzy looks good?
    Brezzy has looked like a Mr. Sieve most games.

    Homer paid Brezzy to be ELITE

    My God, has Brezzy been ELITE like his contract suggests he should be?
    NO

    You Flyer fans are completely and utterly amazing with your blind bias.

    My logic says Shero should win by losing?
    Ummmm Did the Preds or Blues do it that way? NOPE
    So I guess im NOT saying those stupid words you are trying to put in my mouth.

    Another Flyer fan destroyed

    Despite everything you all say…
    Read and Homer are not nominated

    Hockey people got it right yet again while bias homers cry about their guys.

    • cleverbob - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Someone’s ass is chapped…

    • somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      “Did Preds or Blues doe it that way? NOPE”

      Uh, that is exactly what both of them did. When was the last time the blues were any good? 4-5 years ago? When have the Pred ever been good?

      That is a long post trying to accomplish “another flyers fan destroyed” when you basically just proved his point for him.

      But I’m sure you put a lot of effort into that, so congrats I guess

      I am hoping at some point in my life to see something posted from you that isn’t complete drivel

      • mickeyb21 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Blues were in the playoffs 3 years ago. Only one player on the team drafted in the top 15. Didn’t even have a first round pick last year. Missed the next two years mainly due to lack of depth when injuries hit. Fixed that this year because they planned ahead. Signed veterans and got help from NHL experienced AHL players. Actually had more injuries than the year before but still finished 3rd in the league in points without being able to bring in replacements at the deadline. If the Blues actually had money to play with like the Flyers, they could have finished even better. Armstrong did all this with a very limited budget.

        Stop acting like the Flyers are the best team in world for winning one series. Congrats, they know how to beat the Pens, now beat a real goalie and team that plays defense.

      • predsboy18 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:55 AM

        If you had done any kind of research, you would have seen the Preds have not had a top 10 pick in almost a decade (other than by trade), not exactly bottom feeders there. Whether or not the Preds have had success in the playoffs is a different story, but don’t use that to justify some beef you have with another commenter. The Preds built the same way Detroit has done for some 20 years, find that guy buried in the draft. Pekka was a 7th rounder, Weber, the 3rd player the Preds took in 03. Hell, Hornqvist was the last pick in the draft!

        The Blues suffered from an idiot of a former GM, and now that they actually have a competent GM, along with a coach who knows how to coach these players, they are flying high.

    • epictron1 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      So if Holmgren got Schenn, Simmonds, Voracek, Couturier, and Grossmann for Richards and Carter (who you think is overrated and garbage)….

      I mean according to you he traded garbage for solid hockey players.

      That sounds like GM of the Year material to me.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Poile’s a lock…

    He’s got his nose so far up Bettman’s ass how could he be denied…bringing player’s in after the trade deadline is the clincher!

    Still, it’s a bit early to be crowning the hillbilly express with anything other than a toilet lid….we’re only one round in for Christ’s sake!

    • predsboy18 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:56 AM

      Awwwwwww whatsa matter? Still upset about the Preds beating the Wings? God you Wings fans are classless.

  7. jelliot1978 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    “If the Preds beat Phoenix, they’ll advance to the second round for the first time in franchise history.”
    Pretty sure the Preds beat Detroit to make it to the second round. Beating the Yotes will put them into the 3rd round.

    Not sure how Holmgren is not up for it as he made a number of bold moves that produced a very competitive team. Besides the previous mention of Carter and Richards he did make a bold move in acquiring Brys, signed Talbot and Jagr, picked up Read, lost a HOF defensemen, made a few key trades to bolster the blueline.

  8. habsman - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Hey mojo, why isn’t Burkie on the list?

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