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Pens’ Shero, Habs’ Bergevin, Ducks’ Murray named GM of the Year finalists

May 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Marc Bergevin

The NHL has announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Ray Shero, Montreal Canadiens’ Marc Bergevin, and Anaheim Ducks’ Bob Murray are the three finalists for the GM of the Year Award.

Of the candidates, Shero was by far the most active on the trade front. He parted ways with Jordan Staal and acquired Tomas Vokoun over the summer. During the regular season, he took advantage of the Penguins’ flexible short-term cap position by adding Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, Jarome Iginla, and Jussi Jokinen to their roster.

The Penguins earned the first seed in the Eastern Conference despite losing Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, and Paul Martin for significant parts of the season.

Bergevin was named the Montreal Canadiens’ general manager a year ago and since then he’s hired head coach Michel Therrien and drafted Alex Galchenyuk. He also traded away struggling forward Erik Cole in order to reunite Michael Ryder with the squad that originally drafted him. Cole never turned his season around, but Ryder meshed well with the Canadiens, recording 21 points in 27 games.

Most importantly, Bergevin inherited a team that finished dead last in the Eastern Conference and led them to the second seed.

Murray’s accomplishments include revamping the Ducks’ blueline and getting Teemu Selanne to extend his NHL career. He also took a chance on Viktor Fasth, a 30-year-old goaltender with no prior NHL experience, and it paid off handsomely.

Murray didn’t make a big trade during the regular season like his fellow nominees, but he did ink Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf to eight-year contracts that run through the 2020-21 campaign.

Anaheim ended up with the second seed in the Western Conference after failing to make the playoffs in 2011-12.

  1. steelpenbucs87 - May 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I always think GM of the Year is so tough because a lot of a GMs work doesn’t pay immediate dividends. While its easy to say Shero was masterful this year with all of the talent he was able to acquire, if they don’t win a cup and Joe Morrow turns into the next Karlsson, or Hanowski ends up being a star some might have questions about his moves this year. Same can be said for Murray – avoiding a nasty off-season UFA melodrama with Perry and Getzlaf probably helped to keep the team focused on performing down the stretch, however those are some BIG cap hits for guys who are (barring a Teemu-esque longevity) not going to be worth those hits on the last few years of their contracts.

    I give it to Shero because of what he was able to get for Jordan Staal – a guy who was leaving at the end of the year anyway – as well as how much he did at the deadline. But I would love to see a retrospective look at how some of the past GM of the Year Winners moves have looked in hindsight.

    • valoisvipers - May 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      You bring up some good points about GM of the year and how they look a couple years later.Of the 3 finalists,I too would have to pick Shero as he did make a lot of moves compared to the other two.Not to mention that both the Habs and Ducks were both eliminated in the first round. As a GM you should build a team for the playoffs and not the regular season.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Wow! Music to my ears, valoisvipers. “As a GM you should build a team for the playoffs and not the regular season”. The whole organization has to think like this. From the owner down to the Zamboni drive. These head scouts have to be looking at every player with one question in mind. Can this guy win a SC with us? Same mentality should apply to junior teams. Can we win the memorial cup with this player? Many coaches and GMs in junior are so worried about losing their that they focus on the short term objectives. i.e. Regular season. You smart dude, valoisvipers. Must something about that handle. LOL!

  2. billyhauntswizards - May 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I think Bob Murray should win the award. He made a ton of little acquisitions in the offseason and during the season. He buckled down Perry and Getzlaf during the regular season, he brought in a no name goalie in Fasth who’s all of a sudden one of the best (if not the best) backup in the league, he got no name players like Steckel and Lovejoy and they’re playing big minutes and performing well.

    • steelpenbucs87 - May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Do NOT call the Reverend a no-name player!

      Kidding of course, I’m just glad Lovejoy was able to find a team that fits his skills. Always seemed like a good guy and glad things are working well for him out West.

    • ravenscaps48 - May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      They WERE playing big minutes…. Were

      • billyhauntswizards - May 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        yeah………just like the Habs players were playing big minutes. I’m pretty sure they voted before the PO’s.

  3. colossal87 - May 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Hero Shero is the only gamechanging GM worthy of this award, which will be named after him in the near future.

  4. viking28 - May 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    MB got my vote 👍

  5. myroncopesflask - May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I’m not sure how Shero isn’t a lock for this award. Not really for the moves that he made at the deadline but for the moves he made before the season. He traded Jordal Staal for Sutter and two players that will figure into the Pens future roster as well as a 1st rnd pick. The 1st thing he did in the off season was trade for Vokoun and sign him for two years. The later pretty much saved the Pens season and possibly Bylsma’s job. Not only does Shero make all the rights moves looking at the teams future he realized because of the new CBA that he can push all the chips in for this season and had the stones to do it. 1975

  6. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Flyer fans were up in arms this time last year when Homer didn’t get nominated.
    Just another example of how out to lunch they all are, actually how far out to lunch everyone from Pennsylvania really is…

    • steelpenbucs87 - May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I’m eating lunch right now – got a nice salad from Panera. Is that what you mean?

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        And oh, say hello to those people still living in Centralia….

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      No, more along the lines of your typical Pen/Flyer fans, and of course nearly everyone who went to Penn St.

      • steelpenbucs87 - May 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        So a vast majority of Pennsylvania’s population is perpetually out to lunch? MUST BE A PRETTY BIG BILL, AMIRIGHT?!

  7. 87blowsyourmomsboxout - May 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    lord shero deserves unlimited pleasuring from everyones mother and sister.

  8. ribs108 - May 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Really?? Bergevin?? For hiring the most management in one off-season? For getting injured players back? I don’t remember any positive player acquisitions. Maybe they just liked his ‘playoff beard’. Is it based on looks? Even Montreal Gazette homer Jack Todd admits they likely would have missed the playoffs had the season been the regular 82 games. Maybe the awesome Halpern acquisition? Maybe the huge Drewiske acquisition? Ryder for Cole + (Desharnais didn’t seem to be helped by that one)? Jealously playing hardball with PK? Please explain this nomination, NHL.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      These are all valid points. But! Can you actually ignore the fact that Habs went from dead last to second overall in the east? Should he win? Probably not. But! He at least deserves to be nominated. Every other team also played 48 games, and yes the Habs probably would have had many problems in an 82 game schedule. If the Rangers would have had a better year, then perhaps Sather could have been nominated. That said, with all the fire power NYR had, what happened to them? If there is one team that had what it took in this short season it should have been them. Consider that they struggled last year in the playoffs because Torts drives his teams hard during the regular season. If they could have played like they did last year plus the new players, then there is no reason why they should be struggling now. So, nominating Bergevin is not the worst choice one could imaging considering the where the Habs came from.

    • chadc84 - May 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      - Signed PK to an incredible 2 year contract (not many norris candidates play for under 3 mil a year)
      – Brought in Therien, who was the main part of the culture change Bergevin promised
      – Traded Cole for Ryder, Cole did nothing in Dallas, Ryder, who also is now a UFA, produced at nearly a point per game from the trade to the end of the season
      And who cares what hypothetically would have happened in an 82 game season, speculating about it is nonsense.
      It comes down to him being put in charge of a team and based on his management and player decisions, the team completely changed their style of play and had a complete culture change, moving from 15th to 2nd in the east.

  9. ironcity6pak - May 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Shero the hero!!

  10. colossal87 - May 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Not to mention that Shero is the best looking GM in the league…what a breathtaking sight he is

  11. rodeoclowndc - May 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Honorable Mention to Scott Howson for LEAVING TOWN.

  12. benrob99 - May 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I think this will be the most lopsided post season award. Shero was insanely good (again) while giving up NOTHING from his roster. Not only does he make the big deal… but he always gets a little something “extra” in his deals. Sutter PLUS the number 8 pick. Jussi PLUS Carolina pays part of his salary next year. And, don’t forget the biggest one of all Pascal Dupius, the 20 goal scorer, the league leader in +/-, and one of the top penalty killing forwards in the league was a “throw in” in the Hossa deal. he is simply unreal.

    #inSherowetrust

  13. rushledger - May 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    While Montreal’s GM did good things half of the success of the team was players getting healthy like Markov, guys already signed. He made good free agency pick ups in Prust and Armstrong but I wouldn’t call that groundbreaking.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Tell you one thing about Markov. He’s hobbling out there on one knee. I don’t believe he’ll be able to have a full year and be productive in the playoffs. Heck! He probably won’t be productive past Jan next season.

  14. letsgopens8771 - May 13, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    RAY THE WIZARD!!! IN SHERO WE TRUST!! HOPE HE WINS AND…

    GO PENS!!!

  15. chanceoffleury1 - May 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    At the time the voting took place a lot of people were already speculating Anaheim and Montreal would have trouble in the first round, while all of Pittsburgh’s trade acquisitions were lighting it up and keeping the Pens as dominant as they were before they lost Crosby, Neal, Letang, and Martin. I’d place a pretty large sum of money on Shero if I had to choose one. If Shero does win it, the fact that Anaheim and Montreal lost in the first round will just more or less be some confirmation for the history books that the right person won it. Completely agree that it’s hard to evaluate a rightful winner for this award which is another reason I think Shero will win it. He has more proof of his trades and signings paying dividends in the longrun.

  16. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Not a bad year for the Habs… Calder, Norris, GM and Adams nominee.

  17. tackledummy1505 - May 14, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    I think Ray Shero will be up for GM of the year every year. The NHL’s favorite team = Penguins lol. So expect Crosby to still win the MVP award lol

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