Don Maloney of the Phoenix Coyotes was named the NHL’s General Manager of the Year, the league announced Wednesday during GM meetings held in conjunction with the Stanley Cup finals.
Nashville’s David Poile was one of three finalists for the first-time award, which was determined through voting by the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media.
The Predators still have one chance to win a significant league honor. Coach Barry Trotz is a finalist for the Jack Adams Coach of the Year award.
Poile, the only GM in franchise history, became the second Nashville official recognized for the team’s performance this season. Last week coach Barry Trotz was named one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the top coach in the league.
More than half of the Predators’ lineup this season was drafted and developed by the organization. Two critical players, goalie Pekka Rinne and leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist, were taken late in their respective drafts.
Maloney helped the Coyotes to their most successful regular season ever. He hired coach Dave Tippett and added four players through trades and four more as free agents, including former Nashville player Vern Fiddler, last offseason. He then executed several deals at the league’s trade deadline in March.