All three finalists for the 2012 General Manager of the Year Award that were announced today have at least two things in common. First, they haven’t been given the resources to spend to the salary cap. Second, their teams are still alive in the playoffs.
Ladies and gentleman, we present David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues, and Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers.
If we had to pick a favorite, it would be Poile. With all due respect to Armstrong and Tallon, this is the most important season in franchise history for the Preds, and the GM’s done everything he can to build a winner in hopes of convincing defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to make long-term commitments to the club.
In November, Poile made a strong statement when he signed goalie Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million extension.
Later on, the GM pulled the trigger on three trades, bringing aboard Paul Gaustad, Hal Gill, and Andrei Kostitsyn.
He also brought Alexander Radulov back to Nashville just before the playoffs in a transaction that was anything but simple.
Granted, Suter could still walk away this summer. And if that happens, Weber could follow the next year. But if Suter’s sincere when he says winning will take care of everything, then Poile’s done his job.