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Ray Shero wins GM of the Year Award

Jun 14, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

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The NHL named Pittsburgh Penguins executive Ray Shero the fourth-ever GM of the Year for his work in the 2012-13 season on Friday. He edged Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray.

This makes him the first general manager of an Eastern Conference team to win the award. This was the first time he was ever nominated for the award.

Past winners: Maloney, PHX; Gillis, VAN; Armstrong, STL

Shero was one of the busiest execs in the league in this abbreviated season, making splashy moves by trading for Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen around the trade deadline.

His biggest offseason move involved handing a two-year, $4 million contract to back up Marc-Andre Fleury. Vokoun usurped “The Flower” during the playoffs, so that turned out to be a wise move.

As with any GM, his job is year-round. In fact, his biggest recent moves came this week when he re-signed Evgeni Malkin and gave head coach Dan Bylsma a contract extension.

2012-2013 NHL General Manager of the Year Award Voting

(1st, 2nd and 3rd place votes in parentheses)

1. Ray Shero, PIT 94 (14-6-6)

2. Bob Murray, ANA 88 (11-9-6)

3. Marc Bergevin, MTL 75 (7-12-4)

4. Stan Bowman, CHI 36 (3-6-3)

5. Bryan Murray, OTT 23 (2-2-7)

6. Garth Snow, NYI 8 (0-1-5)

7. Dave Nonis, TOR 6 (0-2-0)

8. Ken Holland, DET 5 (1-0-0)

David Poile, NSH 5 (1-0-0)

10. George McPhee, WSH 4 (0-1-1)

11. Scott Howson, CBJ 2 (0-0-2)

12. Dean Lombardi, L.A. 1 (0-0-1)

Don Maloney, PHX 1 (0-0-1)

Glen Sather, NYR 1 (0-0-1)

Greg Sherman, COL 1 (0-0-1)

Doug Wilson, S.J. 1 (0-0-1)

  1. 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Well, it IS a regular-season-only award, after all. I guess by that metric it’s hard to argue.

  2. bardown66 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    The talent was there, can’t fault him for Crosby and Malkin underperforming. He did his part and deserves this. In Shero and Lemieux we trust. LETS GO PENS!

    • cowboys282 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Yeah he put together a great defense. As a Bruins fan I appreciate the Defense he put together. That slow foot Douglas Murray was a great edition at the deadline. He really helped the Bruins.

      You Go Ray!

      • nightfireop - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        and as an outside fan watching the flyers / pen rivalry, i too appreciate the “stellar” defense he put together. not to mention him keeping a “high caliber” goalie in that net. i hope he gives fleury an 8 yr contract extension. i’m BEGGING him…as a 2013 gm winner.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        Yeaaaaaa, because any flyer fan can totally evaluate goaltending like it was their job.

      • live4hockey - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Outside of game 2…you guys scored a whopping 6 goals in 3 games. Just 3 in the last 2 games…So if this defense was really that bad, wouldn’t you have expected a lot more goals scored…or was the B’s offense that bad? You should be thanking, yes, but not for having a bad defense. Perhaps for taking Iginla, since Jagr was much more a factor than Iginla was in that series.

  3. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Shero, okay. He did all he could to load up for the cup. Well, maybe a little more defense instead of exaggerated offense?
    However: how can a newcomer like Bergevin make this list, while an excellent and successful GM like Peter Chiarelli not at least make this list? I just don’t get it.

    • 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Bergevin’s in because he took the Habs from 27th overall and dead-last in the division last year to a divisional championship and the #2 seed in the East. I agree, Chiarelli’s a perennially excellent GM and deserved consideration (moreso than Murray, anyway), but Bergevin definitely righted the ship in Montreal.

      • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Agreed, those are some agreeable pints. Just, in my opinion, to win the award it should need a little more than a one (abbreviated year) track record. Otherwise it may just be coincidence, or even the work outcome of the predecessor (what we better don’t believe in this specific case of MTL).

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        The problem with Bergevin is this: Mtl wasn’t as bad as they finished last year, nor were they as good as they finished this year.

  4. girouxed - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    He looks like a woman.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Why are you eyeing up the Penguins GM? This isn’t a singles bar.

  5. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    So they passed over a guy who took a team that sucked ass the past couple of years and turned them into a contender, and rewarded the guy whose team imploded in the playoffs the past couple of years and…..oh wait a minute. They did the same thing this year.

    • live4hockey - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      Getting to the ECF is imploding? So with your logic, anything short of winning the Cup is imploding and the Flyers have imploded in the playoffs every year they have made the playoffs since 1975? What it is called when they miss the playoffs?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        No getting to the ECF is not imploding. In fact after being shown the door in the first round the previous two years its a great improvement. However, getting to the ECF and getting shellacked 4-0 while managing to put up a measly 2 goals while being outscored by 12 is most definitely the perfect example of an implosion.

      • live4hockey - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        I suppose, I guess Flyer fans can relate well….Seems like a block to build on to me…but, to each his own.

    • malkamania71 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Hahahaha nothing makes me laugh harder than a Flyers fan attempting to dissect another team. Must get pretty boring holding on to a hope that the Flyers will be a contending team over there in Philly, eh?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Don’t hate on us because your team is always picked to win it all and crashes and burns. Your hump of a hockey club showed their contention status the past few years. Those trade acquisitions really worked out well for you guys. Do you need some more kleenex to cry into?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Nothing makes me laugh harder than the anointed ones being outscored 12-2 in a series.

      • live4hockey - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Hahaha, that is so awesome that broadstreet is so clearly frustrated and it’s under his skin that Pens fans are happy that the team got to the ECF…many of us are even okay with the lose. They played good enough to win 3 of the 4 games, fact is they didn’t…but it gives the team great blocks to build upon and great lessons learned for next season. You guys have that too though, right??

  6. pdmjr - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Shero is very good at his job, he stole a stable of players from Carolina, gets everyone signed long term. Brought in Vokoun for next to nothing and made several deals at the deadline. His best asset is his ability to find young defensemen in the draft. it’s not his fault the team underperformed the last two years in the playoffs.

    • stakex - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Hey gave Carolina a very good player, those long term deals are what the players want, Vokoun played very so-so in Washington which is why he was traded for next to nothing, and those deadline deals didn’t do anything.

      Time will tell if those defensive prospects will pay off, but so far Shero has built one of the most top heavy, defensively flawed, and goaltending deprived teams in the NHL.

  7. titansbro - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    So making “splashy” moves is the sign of a great GM? Lol. What about the guy who makes small, but solid moves? Or just little roster tweaks? What about the guy that doesn’t make bad moves? Lets be honest, Jarome Iginla won this award for him. How did that splashy move work out? They’re a lock right?

  8. bensawesomeness - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Holland in 9th is a disgrace -_-

  9. thesportsjudge - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I’m surprised O’Brien didn’t get to write this article. Oh wait, he is now on cloud 9, unreachable.

  10. arbruins - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    GM of the year? Are you serious? This decision makes this award a complete joke.

    • malkamania71 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      elaborate, please.

      This GM was able to add two captains and a 30-goal scorer to his roster without giving up a single roster player.

      And before you go and say how it amounted to nothing in the ECF, find me another GM that was able to do the same.

  11. tdrusher225 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Bergevin or Murray deserved it over Shero. What so he’s the best GM for already having the best players in the world on his roster? Oh I’m sorry, he then traded for a bunch of players he didn’t need and had no effect whatsoever on the team’s regular season record and postseason goals. Yet the only “big” move they made at any point of the year to fill the biggest flaw on the team in their defensemen, who seem to forget how to play once the puck is not on their stick, was limited to Douglas Murray. You don’t think all of the assets they felt perfectly comfortable giving up to get Morrow and Iginla could’ve gone to getting a top 4 defensemen who can play defense? Nah let’s just get some more forwards. Ray Shero’s year was unimpressive and certainly not worthy of GM of the year. I could be the GM of that team and win a division title by doing nothing.

  12. therealjr - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Love McPhee getting a 2nd and 3rd place vote. Who is voting on this, Ted?

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