The Bruins’ Don Sweeney , Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars and Bill Zito of the Florida Panthers are the finalists for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award.
The award has been presented annually since 2009-10 to the general manager who best excelled at his role during the regular season. It is voted on by the League’s general managers and a panel of NHL executives and print and broadcast media after the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The winner will be revealed during the first round of the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on June 28.
Sweeney, in his eighth season as Bruins GM, oversaw a team that set NHL records for wins (65) and points (135) in a season. He hired Jim Montgomery as coach July 1, and signed centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Then ahead of the trade deadline, Boston signed forward David Pastrnak to an eight-year, $90 million contract ($11.25 million AAV), and acquired forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Garnet Hathaway, and defenseman Dmitry Orlov.
Sweeney won the award in 2018-19; he could join Lou Lamoriello (2019-20, 2020-21) as the only two-time winner.