Marc Bergevin of Canadiens a finalist for top GM award
Murray of Ducks, Shero Penguins also finalists
The NHL announced on Monday that Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks and Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the three finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.
In Bergevin's first season an NHL general manager, the Canadiens leapt from 15th in the conference last season to second. Bergevin hired Michel Therrien as coach, drafted talented Russian Alex Galchenyuk, and added depth players Francis Bouillon, Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong. During the season, he got eventual Norris Trophy candidate P.K. Subban under contract and acquired Michael Ryder for underperforming Erik Cole.
It is the third award nomination for the Canadiens. In addition to Subban, Brendan Gallagher is in the running for the Calder Trophy.
Murray's biggest coup was signing unheralded Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth last summer. The 30-year-old netminder went 15-6-2 to help form one of the league's top tandems along with Jonas Hiller. Murray since last summer acquired defenceman Sheldon Souray, Ben Lovejoy and Bryan Allen, and signed pending free agents Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to contract extensions.
Shero strengthened an already formidable Penguins team by adding forward Brandon Sutter and goaltender Tomas Vokoun before the season started. Pittsburgh ran off a 15-game winning streak en route to finishing first in the East, and Shero before the trade deadline bolstered his team for a Stanley Cup run by picking up Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Brendan Morrow and Douglas Murray.
The winner will be announced next month during the Stanley Cup Final.
Voting is done by the league's general managers and a panel of NHL executives, as well as print and broadcast media.