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Dudley In The Running For GM Of The Year

from Steve Simmons of the Toronot Sun,

There was next to no noise when Rick Dudley was named general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers last June. It was quiet, just like Dudley is, and businesslike. Nothing like the sensation of expectation that surrounded Brian Burke’s appointment in Toronto. But in just a few months on the job, what a job Dudley had done.

With the lowest payroll in the National Hockey League, Dudley managed to change coaches, hiring Craig Ramsay, and in two separate deals with his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, acquired Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Andrew Ladd and some other parts without parting with a single prominent player from his roster.

He took advantage of Chicago’s salary-cap troubles the way Burke attempted to do with the acquistion of Kris Versteeg.

continued plus more hockey points…

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