An annual award presented to recognize the work of the league’s general managers, voting for this new award is conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season. History: This award was first presented in 2010. Jim Rutherford of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Rutherford received 10 first-place votes, 12 second-place votes and four third-place votes for a total of 90 points. Brian MacLellan of Washington received six first-place votes and finished second with 56 points. Jim Nill of Dallas was third in voting with seven first-place votes and 55 points overall. Florida's Dale Tallon also received seven first-place votes and finished fourth with 50 points, while Doug Armstrong of St. Louis had four first-place votes and 39 points to finish fifth. San Jose's Doug Wilson (three), Tampa Bay's Steve Yerman (two), and Chicago's Stan Bowman (one) also received first-place votes. Rutherford's retooled roster and midseason coaching change spurred the Penguins (48-26-8, 104 points) to a sizzling regular-season finish and a playoff run that carried them to the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. In his second season in charge, Rutherford used the trade and free-agent markets to add veteran forwards Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Eric Fehr and Phil Kessel over the summer plus forward Carl Hagelin and defenseman Trevor Daley during the campaign. The club surged when he hired Mike Sullivan, who went 33-16-5 after taking over as head coach on December 12, highlighted by a 14-2-0 record in Pittsburgh's final 16 games of the regular season.
The GM award was first envisioned by Toronto GM Brian Burke in 1993 when he was Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for the NHL
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