Rutherford, MacLellan, Nill named NHL GM award finalists
Jim Rutherford of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brian MacLellan of the Washington Capitals and Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars have been named finalists for the 2016 NHL General Manager of the Year Award.
The 30 general managers, a panel of NHL executives and members of the media voted for the award at the conclusion of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Rutherford made trades for Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino, Carl Hagelin and Trevor Daley during the off-season. He also signed Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen in free agency. One of the biggest moves was hiring head coach Mike Sullivan. The Penguins finished 33-16-5 in 54 games with Sullivan at the helm.
MacLellan signed Justin Williams and and traded for T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues. The Capitals went on to win the Presidents’ Trophy with 120 points and set a team record with 56 wins.
Nill’s biggest acquisitions were adding Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antti Niemi. The Stars won their first division title since 2005-06.
The winner will be announced on June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.