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Phoenix's Maloney edges out McPhee, Poile for top GM

The NHL announced moments ago that Phoenix's Don Maloney has won the first annual GM of the year award. Washington GM George McPhee and Nashville's David Poile were the other finalists for the honor.

Voting for this new award was conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.
Maloney steered the Coyotes through an uncertain and turbulent off-season, charting the course for the most successful regular season in franchise history. His biggest move was hiring head coach Dave Tippett, who guided the Coyotes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002 by posting a 50-27-5 record for 107 points and setting franchise records for wins and points in a season.

Click here for the NHL's release.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 2, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
 
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Not surprised - he would have had my vote. Maloney and Tippett did a fantastic job of getting the Coyotes back into contention. And just curious... how does 50-27-5 equal 107 points? That would be 105... either someone did their math wrong or else the number are wrong.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

They should have given it to McPee.

Posted by: Cheef | June 2, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

50-25-7
i'm guessing a little dyslexia with the typing

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | June 2, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

They should have nominated and given the award to Cheef. Cheef obviously has experience in building hockey teams. Just ask him, he'll tell you how things should be done. Right Cheef?

Posted by: fanohock1 | June 2, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

btw Timmy, no matter where Bolland was picked, it wouldn't matter. Guys like him and Brouwer don't really interest the Caps at forward because they're not speed demons on skates. McPhee and company draft for speed first and foremost, other qualities go out the window for the most part.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 2, 2010 12:07 PM

Just curious where you get that idea from, since it has no basis in reality. Recent 1st round picks... Fehr, Schultz, Gordon, Finley, Alzner... none of them have speed as their first quality, or even high up in their list of attributes.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 12:35 PM

@timmyv38

In addition, look at the review of the 2005 draft. All that draft was, was big, slow guys with little skill. That didn't turn out so well.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 2, 2010 12:45 PM

True. I bet most of the Caps draft picks in the last 5 years haven't been speedy.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think GMGM should have gotten the award, he is a stubborn man who let his ego get in the way of getting the best personnel to go to the next level NOT just make it to the playoffs. If he would have traded Mike Green and released/traded Flash and WAY Overrated Laich; I AM sure he would have received the award. :-) GO C A P S !!

Posted by: riceldi | June 2, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Cheef already won the award as colonel and commanding officer, the Doofus Brigade.

Cheef: How that beret fitting? Nice and snug? And the Don Cherry jacket?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 2, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

riceldi, he DIDN'T get the award. That's what the article was saying. And of those 3, the only one to get rid of is Flash. Just in case you didn't notice, the vote for the award was before the playoffs - which means what happened in the playoffs didn't even factor in.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Cheef: See the post just above mine. I think you have a fresh recruit for the Brigade. Give him some boots and a rifle and tell him which way to march.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 2, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I meant the one above my 1:43 post, of course.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 2, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

riceldi, he DIDN'T get the award. That's what the article was saying. And of those 3, the only one to get rid of is Flash. Just in case you didn't notice, the vote for the award was before the playoffs - which means what happened in the playoffs didn't even factor in.
*****
I meant to say that I agree that he dint get it :=)

Posted by: riceldi | June 2, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Cheef: See the post just above mine. I think you have a fresh recruit for the Brigade. Give him some boots and a rifle and tell him which way to march.
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LOL!!! tominsocal1 you are the smart one, LOL!!! you think highly of yourself... HAHAHAHA gotta love it!! How high should I jump!?? HAHAHA!!

Posted by: riceldi | June 2, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: richmondphil | June 2, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So I just recently started perusing Down Goes Brown.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy that site.

Posted by: Fro_ | June 2, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully McPhee does his job this off season and moves some of the skill on the Caps roster for some players with some toughness and heart. Start with Semin, after his disgraceful performance in the playoffs, the Caps need to move in another direction.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 2, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Start with getting rid of Flash, who has yet to do anything for the Caps. And bring in a legit 2nd line center to play with Semin, instead of the over-the-hill centers he's been forced to play with for the last few seasons.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I would prefer Semin stay with us and be re-signed at a reasonable price and term. His performance was subpar, but disgraceful is a stretch. Nearly the whole team underperformed and there is plenty of criticism that can be passed around. We are better with Semin than without.

Posted by: _Mark | June 2, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Start with getting rid of Flash, who has yet to do anything for the Caps. And bring in a legit 2nd line center to play with Semin, instead of the over-the-hill centers he's been forced to play with for the last few seasons.

Posted by: timmyv38

He scored 40 goals this past season playing with those over-the-hill centers. He needs to go. But I do agree, Flash needs to go too.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 2, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

And, while we underperformed, you must give credit to the Canadiens for their part in our misery. They did a great job of taking it away from us.

Posted by: _Mark | June 2, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

He scored 40 goals with a mixture of players he was with - and BMo was, for the record, quite good before Christmas. After that though, Semin didn't play with him for a long stretch - so your post has very little backing to it. Semin was effective on the PP, he was effective on the PK, he was effective even strength, he plays defense (unlike other forwards we have), and he is a fantastic shooter. Unless we can get a 30+ goal scorer for the 2nd line and another player for him, there's no way we should let him go.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

IMO, there is a strong resemblence between Kane's style of play and Semin's style of play.

Kane and his team having been doing alright so far, and Kane has been a very important part of that overall playoff success.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

He scored 40 goals with a mixture of players he was with - and BMo was, for the record, quite good before Christmas. After that though, Semin didn't play with him for a long stretch - so your post has very little backing to it. Semin was effective on the PP, he was effective on the PK, he was effective even strength, he plays defense (unlike other forwards we have), and he is a fantastic shooter. Unless we can get a 30+ goal scorer for the 2nd line and another player for him, there's no way we should let him go.

Posted by: timmyv38


How does my post have little backing. He did score 40 goals didn't he?

He scored 40 goals during the regular season playing with the over-the-hill centers. He scored ZERO goals in the playoffs playing with over-the-hill centers. He also played on every PP the Caps had in the playoffs, didn't score on those either. Call it subpar, disgraceful, whatever you want. It was terrible.

I do agree, he has great skill, and a great shot. But the Caps have others capable of scoring. They need help in other areas to win a cup.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 2, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

underpants, I will repost what I said... "He scored 40 goals with a mixture of players he was with". He played with a number of different centers, such as BMo, Flash, and MP. So no, he didn't score 40 goals "playing with those over-the-hill centers". And in the playoffs, the problem was that they didn't have a 2nd line center. BMo was horrible, and they didn't have anyone who could take his place.

In the playoffs, the main person to blame for the failure of the 2nd line, and also in a large part for the failure of the PP, is Laich. That line was effective in the regular season because Laich was getting to the front of the net and providing traffic. In the playoffs, time after time, Semin would make a great move to get into a position to shoot and there would be no one in front of the net. That was happening both with the 2nd line and with the PP. The Caps need to have a playmaking, 30+ goal scorer on the 2nd line, and right now that is either Semin or someone they would acquire through trade of free agency.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

IMO, there is a strong resemblence between Kane's style of play and Semin's style of play.

Kane and his team having been doing alright so far, and Kane has been a very important part of that overall playoff success.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 2, 2010 3:06 PM |

I would agree, until watching Kane in this year's playoffs.

He'll go to the front of the net to grab garbage goals sometimes, something Semin lacks.

I would also go as far to say that Semin may be the more defensively sound forward of the two, despite popular notions thinking otherwise. Kane's defense has come a long way since last year though.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

i'm now on the fence as far as moving semin. with the exception of backstrom he is by far the best all around forward on the team. even though he didn't have any numbers in the playoffs - he appeared to be trying to make something happen when he was on the ice. he was also not the issue with a PP that was 1 for 30 something.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | June 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@timmyv38

The flyers had two guys reach the 30 goal plateau, none reached 40. The hawks had one guy score 30 goals (Kane). They both look pretty good. Goal scoring is not what the Capitals lack.

We will be fine when Semin is moved. Lord knows we won't miss his playoff production.

As far as you point about centers, I am lost. You stated Semin has played with over-the-hill centers the past few seasons, not me.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 2, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Here is a ranking of the top 50 UFAs this offseason. With the cap now expected to rise $2M it is more than possible the Caps can get a D-man(Volchenkov) and a good center (maybe Lombardi) or maybe signing a 3rd line center in John Madden and having MP play 2nd line center.

http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2010/06/02/nhl-free-agents-ranking-the-top-50/?ncid=txtlnkusspor00000002

Posted by: sgm3 | June 2, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

underpants, my point on centers is simple. We need a solid 2nd line center who can get that line producing. The last 3 2nd line centers were Nylander, Federov, and BMo. None of the 3 were producing at the rate that a 2nd line center needs to.

And you are totally wrong about Semin. He can be replaced, true - but not easily. It will be very difficult to get someone who can do for the Caps what Semin does. Unless there is a strong scorer on the 2nd line (which, if the Caps let Semin go, they won't have), other teams will simply focus all their defense on Ovechkin and Backstrom, and make the Caps try to beat them with secondary scoring - which, at this point, is unreliable. Get a center in with Semin and Laich (or Fehr) who can play well, and that won't happen.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Looking at that list of free agents, I would rather trade Semin for a top pair D (R. Suter, J. Johnson, B. Burns) and sign Patrick Marleau.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Marleau would definitely be an attractive option. If we acquired him to play between Laich and Fehr, I would have no problem trading Semin. But if we were to to trade Semin, one dman in return wouldn't be enough - either another player, or a draft pick.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@underpants

sorry to disagree but I would not trade semin for brent burns

Posted by: _stevo | June 2, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Marleau would definitely be an attractive option. If we acquired him to play between Laich and Fehr, I would have no problem trading Semin. But if we were to to trade Semin, one dman in return wouldn't be enough - either another player, or a draft pick.

Posted by: timmyv38

You have a good point. He should have some good trade value.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Semin is a 40-goal scorer... 1 of only 7 last season. Any team that needs increased goal scoring would be glad to have him. He should be worth more than 1 players, unless that player is of a similar caliber.

When it comes to dmen, there are a few good ones in free agency - Volchenkov, Hamhuis, or Michalek would all fill a need for the Caps. There is also Sutton, Tallinder, Mitchell, or Seidenberg. Not all are 1st-pair dmen, but each could help. I don't know what their salaries were last season, though.

Also, if the Caps let Belanger go, they will need a new 3rd center. There seems to be quite a few on that list. A lot of things are going to hinge on who the Caps re-sign, and who they let walk.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Thanks for that list.

There's a lot of stuff we need in that list!

Time for GMGM and crew to prove the doubters wrong.

I think all the parts are in place or available on the market to make this a cup winning team.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | June 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

It seems like with UFA's, there's quite a few 3rd/4th liners and dmen, but only a couple 1st liners and a few 2nd line centers. Still, the Caps can fill most of the needs they have from free agency if they need to. 1 or 2 dmen, 2nd line center, and maybe a 3rd liner.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Marleau hasn't played center all year.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 2, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Marleau took 615 faceoffs this season... that's 5th on the Sharks this season, and not by much. You don't do that without playing a significant amount of time as center.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, I don't think he started at center, but that many faceoffs is 30-40 games worth, if you assume 15-20 faceoffs each game per center.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 2, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This is a pretty stupid award.

GM of the year = Which ever GM's team wins the Stanley Cup.

(Although this would be somewhat tricky if Chicago wins, seeing that one GM assembled the team and another fine tuned it).

Posted by: LesGrossman | June 3, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

how about giving McPhee the "most overhyped GM" award? I think he deserves at least that.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 3, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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