Yzerman, Gillis and Poile are GM of the Year finalists
- 4/21/11 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
- 4/22/11 Vezina Trophy
- 4/25/11 James Norris Memorial Trophy
- 4/26/11 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
- 4/27/11 Frank J. Selke Trophy
- 4/28/11 Hart Memorial Trophy
- 4/29/11 Jack Adams Award
- 5/02/11 NHL Foundation Player Award
Vancouver's Northwest Division title this season was its fifth in the past seven seasons, and after suffering second-round playoff ousters in both 2009 and 2010 at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canucks hold a commanding 3-1 series lead over Chicago in the first round this year and appear poised for a deep postseason run.
Yzerman, who is in just his first season as a General Manager after several years in Detroit's front office, made several moves last summer, such as signing defensemen Pavel Kubina and Brett Clark and bringing in left-winger Simon Gagne. Those moves, combined with a maturing Steven Stamkos and strong seasons by longtime Bolts Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier have led the Lightning, who spent much of the season in first place in the Southeast Division, to their first playoff berth in four years.
For Poile, this recognition is a continued acknowledgement of the impressive work he has done in his time in Nashville. After being a finalist for this award a season ago, Poile has continued to build a solid team under the radar, bringing in such talents as Mike Fisher, who has been one of the strongest performers in this year's postseason after being brought over from Ottawa in a midseason trade. 2011 marked the sixth time in the last seven seasons that Nashville has reached the postseason.
The winner will be announced at the NHL's annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 22.
Author: David Kalan | NHL.com Staff Writer