Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is one of three finalists in the NHL’s general manager of the year competition.
Yzerman, who finished second in the balloting for the same award in the 2010-11 season, is competing against the New York Rangers’ Glenn Sather and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks. Murray won the award last year and finished second the year before.
Yzerman, a Hall of Fame player with the Red Wings, has restructured the Lightning since its last trip to the conference finals. There are only two holdovers – Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman – from that team. Along the way, his team has developed undrafted Tyler Johnson and seventh-round draft pick Ondrej Palat, has traded for goaltender Ben Bishop and Ryan Callahan and signed Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman through free agency.
This year, the Lightning set franchise records of 50 wins and 108 points. They led the league with 262 goals and 32 home wins.
The Rangers this year led the Eastern Conference. All three teams are in the Stanley Cup semifinals.