Each day until the NHL Awards show on June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
General Manager of the Year – Finalists: Marc Bergevin – Montreal Canadiens; Dean Lombardi – Los Angeles Kings; Bob Murray – Anaheim Ducks.
Will Win –
When Dean Lombardi traded Matt Frattin and two draft picks to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Marian Gaborik, it raised some eyebrows. It appeared that Gaborik had lost his scoring touch, and wasn’t the same player who torched goalies across the league for 41 goals in 2011-12. From the Kings perspective, it was a low-risk, high-reward gamble, and one that has paid off in spades as a rental player.
Should win –
Someone call the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), because Marc Bergevin robbed the New York Islanders blind. Bergevin obtained two-time 40-goal scorer Thomas Vanek, for a high-five and a pack of Juicy Fruit (it’s unclear which was delivered first). Vanek was one of the biggest acquisitions this year, although everyone and their dog knew the Islanders had to trade him. Armed with that knowledge, Bergevin sent the Islanders a prospect in Sebastian Collberg, and a second-round pick. It was a lopsided trade, and yet another black eye on the Islanders organization.
Do you agree? Who do you think should win?