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by Paul on 03/13/12 at 02:50 AM ET
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News via the Modesto Bee,
The way we see it, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren should be right at the top of the list with Nashville’s David Poile and St. Louis’ Doug Armstrong.
The Predators, with their recent additions, are one of the odds-on Stanley Cup favorites. Poile has never won the award, despite spending less and appearing in the playoffs more than most. Armstrong had the cojones to fire a solid, young coach just 13 games into the season. The Blues are the NHL’s best team with 97 points.
Even Phoenix’ Don Maloney, the inaugural winner of the award in 2010, is worth a look since the Coyotes are looking like a playoff team despite losing their top goaltender in Ilya Bryzgalov.
Maloney is a perfect segue to Holmgren, who can thank Bryzgalov’s hot play over the last 12 games for pushing him into the finalist’s category. (It would have been hard to include him just a few weeks ago, considering Bryzgalov’s mediocre play and his behemoth contract.)
But Holmgren has done so much more.
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