The Montreal Canadiens' Marc Bergevin, Los Angeles Kings' Dean Lombardi and Anaheim Ducks' Bob Murray are the finalists for the 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the NHL announced Friday.
Bergevin and Murray are finalists for the second straight season, while Lombardi is a first-time finalist.
Voting was conducted among the 30 general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the end of second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The winner will be announced June 24 during the NHL awards ceremony at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada.
Bergevin guided the Canadiens (46-28-8, 100 points) to their second 100-point season since 1992-93, leading the team to the playoffs for the second time in as many years as general manager.
Under Lombardi, the Kings (46-28-8, 100 points) earned their fifth consecutive playoff berth, recorded their fourth 100-point season in franchise history and made their third straight appearance in the Western Conference finals.
Murray paved the way for the finest season in Ducks history, leading the team to its second straight Pacific Division title. The Ducks had the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history and franchise records in wins (54), points (116), points percentage (.707), home wins (29) and road wins (25).
LIGHTNING RE-SIGN JOHNSON
The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed center Tyler Johnson to a three-year contract, the team announced Friday.
Johnson was scheduled to become a restricted free agent.
The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Johnson played in his first full NHL season in 2013-14 and parlayed it into a nomination for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. He was one of three players to appear in all 82 games during the regular season, ranking fourth on the Lightning in goals, with 24, and fifth in points, with 50. His plus-23 rating was second on the team.
Johnson was third among NHL rookies for points and tied for first for goals. He led all NHL first-year forwards for average time on ice with 18:47 per game and face-offs taken with 1,275. Johnson became just the second rookie in NHL history, the first since Dennis Maruk in 1975-76, to record five power-play and five shorthanded goals in one season.
EMMERTON DITCHES DETROIT
Cory Emmerton is swapping the comfy confines of Detroit for Sochi.
The Red Wings forward has signed on with Sochinskiye Leopardy, one of the new KHL expansion teams that will start in the Winter Olympic host city, according to multiple reports.
The 41st pick in the 2006 NHL Draft had his best season with Detroit in 2011/2012, playing 71 games while netting six goals and 10 points.
Emmerton looked poised to be a mainstay in the Wings’ lineup but slowly found himself battling for minutes.
He spent most of this past season with Grand Rapids of the AHL, scoring 46 points in 53 games.
SHARKS KEEP ROBINSON
Legendary Hall of Fame defenceman Larry Robinson is staying with the San Jose Sharks.
The California hockey club confirmed recent reports that Robinson would stay on with them as an assistant coach next season.
But they’ve also given him a new title.
He is now the club’s director of player development, making him responsible for helping develop the Sharks’ prospects.
Robinson will have plenty of experience to draw upon; he won the Stanley Cup six times as a player, and three times as a coach.