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Hischier, Boyle, Johansson

Hischier, Boyle, Johansson

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the New Jersey Devils.

The New Jersey Devils hope the offseason additions of center Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft; veteran forward Brian Boyle in NHL free agency; and versatile forward Marcus Johansson in a trade, can improve their offensive production.

New Jersey finished 28th in the NHL in goals (180) and tied for last in goals at 5-on-5 (114) last season. The Devils also were 29th in shots per game (27.8), 22nd on the power play (17.5 percent), and finished last in the Eastern Conference (28-40-14).

Despite having the fifth-best odds (8.5 percent), the Devils won the NHL Draft Lottery on April 29 and used that pick to select Hischier.

The Devils then signed free agent Boyle to a two-year, $5.5 million contract (average annual value $2.75 million) on July 1, and the next day acquired Johansson in a trade with the Washington Capitals for two picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. Johansson, 26, has two years remaining on a three-year, $13.75 million contract (average annual value $4.583 million) he signed July 20, 2016, according to CapFriendly.com.

“I think realistically, adding Hischier, Boyle and Johansson is an exciting time for the Devils,” general manager Ray Shero said. “I think for our fans, that’s what we talked about, getting younger and faster, so it was a big day for us.”

Hischier is expected to play center to begin the season, although he can play the other forward positions.

“We view him as a center and he has all the attributes to play center, so we’ll give him the opportunity,” coach John Hynes said.

That opportunity likely will expand with center Travis Zajac expected to need 4-6 months to recover after having surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle sustained during training. That time frame would have him sidelined until mid-December at the earliest.

Boyle likely will be the third- or fourth-line center, and Johansson could play right wing on the second line.

The Devils allowed 2.94 goals-per game (tied for 24th) and were 23rd on the penalty kill (79.6 percent).

They acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller, 22, and a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft in a trade with the San Jose Sharks for two draft picks on June 17. Mueller signed a two-year, $1.7 million contract (average annual value $850,000) on July 25. New Jersey lost defenseman Jon Merrill, who was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft.

“I like the pieces we have on defense,” goaltender Cory Schneider said. “Defense is oftentimes a team effort, so perhaps with more speed and skill up front, it will take some of the burden off the defensemen. If we have forwards who defend well, it could make life easier in your own end.”

The Devils attempted to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, but he signed a four-year contract with the Metropolitan Division rival New York Rangers on July 1.

“Everybody is looking for defensemen, but it’s hard to find them,” Shero said. “We talk about team defense, and that means having the forwards working as well, so we’ll look to improve upon that.”

The Devils ranked 14th allowing 2.55 goals against per game in 2014-15, and eighth (2.46) in 2015-16, Hynes’ first season as coach. The trade of defenseman Adam Larsson to the Edmonton Oilers for left wing Taylor Hall on June 29, 2016, likely attributed to the defensive regression.

Schneider will look to regain the form that got him to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. The 31-year-old said he felt responsible for the Devils’ defensive struggles last season after finishing with an NHL career-high 2.82 goals-against average and career-low .908 save percentage in 60 games. The Devils hired goalie coach Roland Melanson, who worked with Schneider for three seasons as the goalie coach for the Vancouver Canucks. Former Devils goalie coach Chris Terreri will assume a different role within the organization.

“Cory is a highly intelligent person and player, and there are things in his game that we discussed and where he feels he needs to be better,” Hynes said. “He’s changed his training regimen this summer, and we’re all confident he’s going to come back very determined.”

Bulls will not trade Pastrnak, can be logged in next month: ‘report.

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Forward David Pastrnak will not be traded by the Boston Bruins, general manager Don Sweeney told The Boston Globe.

Pastrnak, a restricted free agent, is coming off a breakout season; his production increased from 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 51 games in 2015-16 to 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists) in 75 games last season. Pastrnak and the Bruins would like him to be signed before training camp opens in September.

“Not trading Pastrnak,” Sweeney said in an email to the newspaper on Monday when asked to respond to rumors involving the forward.

Pastrnak told NHL.com his focus this summer has been on his offseason training program rather than contract negotiations.

“I’m just waiting, leaving it all to my agent [J.P. Barry] to communicate with them,” Pastrnak, 21, said during the European Player Media Tour in Stockholm on Thursday. “I’m just focusing on getting ready for next season.

“I’m focusing on getting better and I’m trying not to think about that stuff. I just let it go and something will happen.”

At Bruins development camp last month, Sweeney said he met with Pastrnak’s representatives and was hopeful of a resolution, but there was no time frame given.

“We will continue to negotiate; we still have lots of time,” Barry told the newspaper in an email. “David prefers to sign a longer-term deal with the Bruins.

“The negotiations between myself and Don have been very open and both sides understand each other’s positions. Hopefully we can agree on an overall structure that is amenable to both sides in the next month.”

NHL players will be eliminated? This is the decline of things.

Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews

NHL players have competed in the past five Winter Olympics, dating to 1998. The 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, will be different. The league will not take a break next season to allow players to participate, as it has during recent Olympic seasons. But, even though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in April that he considers “the matter officially closed,” confusion still surrounds the conversation — or perhaps it’s just fans holding out hope that they’ll see top players take the Olympic ice after all. Here’s a primer on where things stand and what’s at stake.

Wait, so NHL players really aren’t going?

Not with the league’s blessing. The NHL scheduled its 2018 All Star Game for Jan. 28 in Tampa, Florida — just two weeks before the Olympics begin, on Feb. 9; the last three times NHL players went to the Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014), there has not been an NHL midseason showcase. Then, in June, the league unveiled its 2017-18 regular-season schedule, with no Olympic break built in. It would be wholly unprecedented to re-arrange a schedule after it has been publicly released. The NHL is not going to budge.

What do the players have to say about it?

Some of the league’s biggest stars — Henrik Lundqvist, Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Carey Price, Jonathan Toews — have publicly expressed disappointment about not playing in the Olympics. As one veteran player agent told ESPN.com: “Good luck finding a player who thinks this is a good idea.” In April, the NHLPA called the decision “shortsighted,” adding that “NHL players are patriotic and they do not take this lightly. A decent respect for the opinions of the players matters. This is the NHL’s decision, and its alone. It is very unfortunate for the game, the players and millions of loyal hockey fans.”

Brett Pesce extends from the hurricane

Defenseman Brett Pesce has turned his breakout season into a new contract.

The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Tuesday that the 22-year-old has agreed to a six-year extension that pays $4.025 million per season. The deal starts in the 2018-19 season.

 

Brett Pesce
Pesce had two goals, 20 points and was a team-best plus-23 last season.

“Brett took another big step forward last season,” general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “He plays a smart defensive game and has good ability to move the puck and contribute offensively. We plan for him to be a part of the Hurricanes’ defensive corps for a long time.”

The Hurricanes also locked up Pesce’s defensive partner, Jaccob Slavin, this offseason with a seven-year extension that pays $5.3 million per season.

Avidusen is rewarded by the “predator” and worked hard

Viktor Arvidsson
Viktor Arvidsson is commonly known as The Woodpecker from Kusmark in his native Sweden.

A nickname given to him by Skelleftea general manager Lasse Johansson, perhaps it in part refers to the Nashville Predators forward’s level of energy and persistency when jumping in on the forecheck. But it’s also for his notorious habit of pecking his stick on the ice, demanding the puck.

His hard work, energy and persistence, as well as his ability with the puck, have allowed him emerge as a fan favorite in Nashville, which came within two victories of winning the Stanley Cup last season.

Passed up in the NHL Draft three consecutive years, he was selected by the Predators in the fourth round (No. 112) in 2014 at the age of 21. After playing 62 games for Nashville the previous two seasons, Arvidsson tied for the Predators lead with 31 goals and 61 points in 80 games last season. He had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help them reach the Final for the first time.

Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Predators on Saturday. It runs through the 2023-24 season and has an average annual value of $4.25 million.

He said playing seven more seasons in front of Predators fans is a bonus.

“It’s been so much fun, especially early on when I got to realize how much they appreciate what I do,” Arvidsson said Monday. “That stuff never gets old. It’s always great to read all those positive comments.

“I love how they salute my effort and the fact that they apparently want me to keep playing there. For sure, they’ve really proved that they can be counted on as well.”

Arvidsson had an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Saturday, but the sides agreed to the contract before the arbitrator’s ruling.

“It felt really good when it was put on the table and I realized they wanted me there long-term,” he said. “It’s security, of course, but you can’t lean back just because you signed a long contract. I’m really happy with this deal. We’ve got something great going on right now in Nashville.

“Our defense is great. So is our offense. Of course I wanted to stay and be better and make the team better.”

Arvidsson also factored in the opportunity to play with a group of players from his home country, including forwards Filip Forsberg, Pontus Aberg and Calle Jarnkrok, and defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Swedish forward prospects Victor Ejdsell and Emil Pettersson will be looking to make the NHL roster in training camp.

“My girlfriend and I actually talked about that,” he said. “We have a lot of Swedes now in Nashville, and it’s a good social situation for us, which makes it easier and more fun overall, not just for the guys on the team.”

Center Mike Fisher is unsure whether he will play next season, and forward James Neal was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft, but that could allow for larger roles for forwards Aberg, Colton Sissons and Kevin Fiala, who each impressed during the playoffs.

“Now those guys will have a chance to step up,” Arvidsson said. “They’ve all been great when they’ve been called up, and I think Pontus and Sissons were big factors for us in the playoffs when other guys got hurt.

“And you know, Kevin had a bad injury, but he was good for us all year.”

Fiala had two goals in five playoff games before breaking his leg in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues. He began skating June 22.

Few had expected the Predators to sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round or defeat the Anaheim Ducks to reach the Cup Final, but most experts will put them at or near the top of their Western Conference predictions this season. Arvidsson said he’s ready to meet those expectations.

“I think it’s just great,” he said. “If people believe in us, they put some pressure on us. I have no problem being on a top-ranked team. It keeps you focused.

“If you want to win you have to compete every single day to help make the guy next to you better for when it really matters. It’s that consistency I was talking about.”

As for last season’s Cup Final, which ended in a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6, Arvidsson has moved on.

“I think I’m over it now,” he said. “Now I just want to get back at trying to win it.”

Golden Knights signed three rounds of choice

 

Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday signed their three first-round picks from the 2017 NHL Draft.

Center Cody Glass (No. 6), center Nick Suzuki (No. 13) and defenseman Erik Brannstrom (No. 15) each received a three-year, entry-level contract.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Golden Knights organization as we signed three of our top prospects,” general manager George McPhee said. “Cody, Nick and Erik have demonstrated exceptional skill and hockey sense playing at their current levels. We will look for these players to continue to exhibit the hard work necessary to further their development and continue their positive career trajectories.”

Glass was selected with the pick assigned to Vegas in the NHL Draft Lottery. He led Portland of the Western Hockey League with 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 69 games last season.

“I think there’s a lot of pressure to it, but then again, I know what I can do on the ice,” Glass said of being the first NHL Draft pick made by Vegas. “They believe in me. I’m just going to prove them right.”

Suzuki was selected with a pick acquired in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets. He was second on Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League with 96 points (45 goals, 51 assists) in 65 games and led them with 23 playoff points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 17 games.

“I don’t think it’s daunting,” Suzuki said of joining an expansion team. “I think it’s really exciting. If the three of us can do something special there, it’s going to be amazing.”

Brannstrom was selected with a pick acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders. He had six points (one goal, five assists) in 35 games with HV71 in Sweden.

The Golden Knights open their first NHL season Oct. 6 at the Dallas Stars.

“We’re not going to fast-track anyone,” McPhee said at the draft in Chicago in June. “It never hurts a kid to play an extra year in junior, two years in junior. It’s better to overcook them than throw them in there raw.

“It’s like having a kid in eighth grade suddenly go to 11th or 12th grade. It’s too much, not only on the ice but socially for some of these kids. So we’ll be open-minded about if someone’s ready to play (in the NHL), but there’s a good chance all these kids are going back to amateur.”

The Golden Knights on Saturday also signed restricted free agent defenseman Griffin Reinhart (two years, $800,000 average annual value) and forward Brendan Leipsic (two years, $650,000 AAV).

Reinhart (Edmonton Oilers) and Leipsic (Toronto Maple Leafs) were selected in the NHL Expansion Draft.

Tom Brady, Stanley Cup and Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle

Ron Burkle had two special guests at his house Sunday; the Stanley Cup and Tom Brady.

The Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner welcomed the trophy, and Brady, one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, to hang out by the pool at his Southern California residence, where he he hosted family and friends.

Burkle just watched the Penguins win their third championship since he purchased the team with Mario Lemieux in 1999.

But Brady, who was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000, is one of the few pro athletes with more championships than the Penguins in that span. Brady just won his fifth Super Bowl title, and fourth game MVP award, for New England in February.

Star label Alexandr Radhovov 5 years, $ 31.25 million deal

The Dallas Stars signed former Montreal Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25 million contract on Monday. It’s the biggest contract given to an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Radulov, 30, said during a conference call that the Canadiens matched the Stars’ offer, but only after he had accepted the Dallas deal, and he would not go back on his word.

“I said I already agreed with Dallas,” Radulov said. “I said it wouldn’t be fair, it wouldn’t be right. If you take it you take it, there’s no way back, right?”

 

Alexander Radulov had a big season for the Canadiens
His deal is worth almost $5 million more than Kevin Shattenkirk’s with the New York Rangers and ties Karl Alzner’s with Montreal for the longest signed by an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

“I really want five years at least on my deal,” said Radulov, who will count $6.25 million against the salary cap through 2021-22. “I wanted to play and not worry about it, just play hard and not worry about it. … I got a long-term deal and I am happy.”

After a disappointing season, the Stars and new coach Ken Hitchcock have been busy. Among their moves, they have traded for goalie Ben Bishop, signed center Martin Hanzal and traded for defenseman Marc Methot.

“Alexander is a dynamic playmaker with top-end speed and skill,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. “To add a forward of this stature to our lineup makes our top-six as deep and talented as any group in this league.”

In a series of tweets, Radulov thanked Montreal.

Radulov’s departure makes it possible that veteran defenseman Andrei Markov re-signs with Montreal, which has $15 million in cap space and must still work out a new contract for restricted free-agent forward Alex Galchenyuk.

Radulov and Ales Hemsky traded places on day three of free agency as the 33-year-old winger signed a $1 million, one-year deal with Montreal.

Hemsky could be a bargain move for the Canadiens as they attempt to replace Radulov’s production of 18 goals and 36 assists. Hemsky missed a majority of last season after injuring his hip at the World Cup of Hockey and undergoing surgery, something that contributed to the Stars missing the playoffs.

“We’re going to miss Ales, but unfortunately you have to make decisions in this game,” Nill said. “Montreal’s getting a very good player and getting a very good person. He’s going to be a very good player for Montreal. He’s going to add a lot of speed to the lineup.”

Radulov has had a controversial NHL career. After being selected in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Predators, he played the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons in Nashville, scoring 37 and 58 points, respectively.

But at the end of his second season, Radulov told the Predators that he wanted to return to his native Russia to play. The Predators demanded that he fulfill the final year of his contract, but Radulov signed a three-year deal with a KHL team. Nashville suspended him for the 2008-09 season.

In March 2012, he returned to the Predators, had his suspension lifted and finished out the season. However, before Game 2 of their second-round playoff series, Radulov and a teammate were spotted at a nightclub at 5 a.m. The players were suspended, and the Predators elected not to renew Radulov’s contract.

Radulov left to play in Russia, but this past offseason he returned to the NHL, signing a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Canadiens. His previous baggage was a source of discussion around the league, but Radulov was lauded as a great teammate. He helped the Habs win the Atlantic Division with 103 points.

Marian Hossa reveals skin disorders, miss the season

A severe reaction to medication for a skin disorder has put Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa’s career in doubt.

Hossa stunned the NHL on Wednesday by announcing he won’t play next season because of a severe side effect from medication to treat a progressive disorder he has been dealing with for years. At 38, the veteran might have played his last NHL game in a career that many believe will land him in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Marian Hossa will miss the 2017-18 season to treat a skin disorder, he announced Wednesday.
“Playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season,” Hossa said. “While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice.”

Sportsnet.ca reported on Tuesday that Hossa’s career could be over because of a severe allergic reaction caused by his hockey equipment.

Hossa has been a major part of the Blackhawks’ core during their run of three Stanley Cup titles in six seasons and is considered one of the best defensive forwards of his generation. The Slovak had 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points last season. He is still a very effective player for his age.

Not having him healthy and able to play could have a significant impact on the franchise, given his contract situation. Hossa has four years remaining at a salary-cap hit of $5.275 million, though if placed on long-term injured reserve, cap-strapped Chicago would face less of a roster crunch.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL still had to determine if the Blackhawks could place Hossa on LTIR. It is a method that other teams have used with injured players, including Chris Pronger and Marc Savard, whose careers ended because of concussion problems.

Hossa’s case is controversial because the $63.3 million, 12-year deal he signed with the Blackhawks was front-loaded, and he’s owed just $1 million in each of the next four seasons. Commissioner Gary Bettman said he didn’t believe the Blackhawks were engaging in cap circumvention with Hossa.

“I certainly am more concerned about Marian Hossa’s medical condition,” Bettman said after the league’s board of governors meeting in Las Vegas. “I don’t think he has got a medical condition so that he and the Blackhawks can deal with the cap. I assume he would play hockey if he could, so unless we have a reason other than sheer speculation to think something is amiss, I’m not even thinking in those terms.”

Hossa said he has been privately undergoing treatment for the past few years under the supervision of the Blackhawks’ medical staff. Dr. Michael Terry said the team supports Hossa’s decision not to play and that the skin disorder, which the team did not disclose, is “becoming more and more difficult to treat and control with conventional medications while he plays hockey.”

“We feel in the most certain terms this is the appropriate approach for Marian in order to keep him functional and healthy in the short term and throughout his life,” Terry said.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman called Hossa’s absence a significant loss. The 19-year NHL veteran has missed only 46 games over the past six seasons.

“His teammates and coaches know he battled through some very tough physical difficulties but never complained or missed games despite the challenges he faced,” Bowman said.

Skin disorders ended the career of Blackhawks and North Stars defenseman Tom Reid in the 1970s and Kings and Predators defenseman Jan Vopat in 2000.

Dr. Jennifer Kim, an expert on skin disorders and treatments at Chicago’s NorthShore University HealthSystem, said that the main treatment for patients with reactions to sports equipment is avoidance.

“It can get very severe, especially with reapplication, and if the course is not removed from constant contact, you’re just going to make the skin condition worse,” Kim said.

She said that oral steroids and other medications to treat skin disorders can cause eye, liver and kidney problems.

Assuming league approval, the Blackhawks will likely keep Hossa on LTIR, rather than him retiring and costing the team cap-recapture penalties that were instituted for the last collective bargaining agreement.

With Hossa’s cap hit off the books and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and center Marcus Kruger linked to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, Chicago won’t have as many roster problems as originally predicted in the first season of Artemi Panarin’s $12 million, two-year deal.

But Hossa’s on-ice contributions will be difficult to replace. He has 525 goals and 609 assists for 1,134 points in 1,390 regular-season games with Ottawa, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago. He also has tallied 149 points in 205 playoff games and appeared five times in the Stanley Cup Final.

Connor Mike David, Austen Matthews in the headlines of the awards show

Connor McDavid may get a chance to bring home the hardware.

 

It’s Awards Night in the NHL, as the league will honor the best of the best from the 2016-17 season. The Penguins finished the season as the league’s best team. But who were the top individual performers?

Hart Trophy

Nominees: Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Sergei Bobrovsky

The 20-year-old McDavid is trying to become the third player to win the Hart Trophy before his 21st birthday, along with Crosby and Wayne Gretzky (who won it twice).

Crosby, who led the NHL with 44 goals this season, is attempting to become the ninth player to win the Hart Trophy three times.

Bobrovsky winning would be highly notable. He led the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage. He’s trying to become the fourth goalie to win the Hart in the last 50 years, joining Dominik Hasek (twice), Jose Theodore and Carey Price.

Calder Trophy (Top rookie)

Nominees: Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Zach Werenski

Matthews led all rookies with 40 goals and 69 points this season. He’s the first rookie to score 40 goals in a season since Alex Ovechkin in 2005-06. He can become the first Maple Leafs player to win the Calder since Brit Selby in 1965-66, the first American to win it since Tyler Myers in 2009-10 and the second player of Hispanic heritage to win, joining Scott Gomez (1999-2000).

Laine led rookies with an average of 0.88 points per game. He can become the first Finnish player to win a Calder since Teemu Selanne in 1992-93.

Werenski led all rookie defenseman with 11 goals and 47 points and hopes to become the second Blue Jackets player to win the Calder, joining Steve Mason (2008-09).

Vezina Trophy (Best goalie)

Nominees: Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby, Carey Price

The three finalsts have won three of the last four Vezina Trophys. Bobrovsky led the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage. Holtby tied for the NHL lead with 42 wins and led with nine shutouts. He can be the first back-to-back Vezina winner since Martin Brodeur (2006-07 and 2007-08). Price won the Vezina in 2014-15.

Norris Trophy (Best defenseman)

Nominees: Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman

Burns can become the first Sharks player to win the Norris. He led defensemen with 29 goals and 76 points. Per Elias, he is the second defenseman to have at least a share of the team lead in goals, assists and points in a season (Kevin Hatcher in 1990-91). Karlsson is trying to become the ninth player to win the Norris Trophy three times. Hedman led defenseman in assists and power-play points. He can become the first Lightning player to win the Norris.

Also up for grabs …

Selke Trophy (Best defensive forward)

Nominees: Patrice Bergeron (Bruins), Ryan Kesler (Ducks), Mikko Koivu (Wild)

Lady Byng Trophy (Most gentlemanly player)

Nominees: Johnny Gaudreau (Flames), Mikael Granlund (Wild), Vladimir Tarasenko (Blues)

NHL Foundation Player Award (Core values of hockey)

Nominees: Travis Hamonic (Islanders), Wayne Simmonds (Flyers)

Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

Nominees: Nick Foligno (Blue Jackets), Ryan Getzlaf (Ducks), Mark Giordano (Flames)

Masterson Trophy (Perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey)

Nominees: Craig Anderson (Senators), Andrew Cogliano (Ducks), Derek Ryan (Hurricanes)

Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year)

Nominees: Mike Babcock (Maple Leafs), Todd McClellan (Sharks), John Tortorella (Blue Jackets)

GM Of The Year Award

Nominees: Peter Chiarelli (Oilers), Pierre Dorion (Senators), David Poile (Predators)