The Sporting News has published the results of a poll conducted among NHL executives, coaches and players and Predators general manager David Poile and head coach Barry Trotz were named the best at their respective jobs. (View the article
) Poile was named Executive of the Year and Trotz was named Coach of the Year.
Poile received 11 of 39 votes for executive of the year. Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is quoted in the article as saying, "He has drafted well and used those drafted players in a prudent way to improve his team at the right time. The development of his drafts and the timing of the acquisition of free agents has been very well-synchronized."
Trotz, received five of 22 votes cast for coach of the year, was lauded for the team's consistent success and for finding a way to incorporate free-agent acquisition Peter Forsberg into the Predators' lineup.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby was named Player of the Year by his peers and Crosby's teammate Evgeni Malkin was dubbed Rookie of the Year in the poll, which was conducted before the playoffs began.