Teams that go from ‘worst to first’ will get a lot of attention in post season award voting. The Canadiens Marc Bergevin, along with Anaheim’s Bob Murray and Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero, has been nominated as one of the three finalists for NHL General Manager of the Year.
Bergevin took over the Canadiens lat May. Among other things, in short order he completely revamped his front office, bringing in Rick Dudley, Scott Mellanby, Martin Lapointe and Patrice Brisbois. He then hired hired head coach Michel Therrien and appointed Sylvain Lefebvre head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Turning his attention to the Canadiens roster, Bergevin signed free agents Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong and authorized the selection of Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall pick in the NHL entry draft despite concerns about a knee injury that allowed him to play only eight games the previous season.
This award is voted on by the thirty NHL GMs and a panel of NHL executives plus members of the print and broadcast media.
Bergevin is the third member of the Canadiens to be nominated for a post season award joining P.K. Subban (Norris Trophy) and Brendan Gallagher (Calder Trophy).
Many think Michel Therrien will also find himself as a finalist In the Coach of the Year category (Jack Adams Trophy). The announcement of three nominees in that category will be Friday.
For the NHL Announcement on the three nominees click here.
Nominations yet to come –
• Tuesday, May 14: Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)
• Wednesday, May 15: Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward)
• Thursday, May 16: Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship)
• Friday, May 17: Jack Adams Award (top head coach)