From Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated:
One honor that was conspicuous by its absence from Thursday's NHL awards extravaganza was recognition of the league's top executive. That needs to change. The salary cap has leveled the playing field and created a situation that demands true excellence from the GM position, and while the work of general managers is best measured over a long term perspective, there's still an opportunity to reward excellence on a yearly basis.
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I agree with Muir. If you are going to acknowledge coaches with an award, might as well honor general managers for their work.