May 17, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin gives a press conference before game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

NHL GM of the Year Award finalists announced

The NHL has announced three finalists for this year’s GM of the Year Award. Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks are in the running to receive the award.

Bergevin and Murray are finalists for the second season in a row, while Lombardi is being nominated for the first time.

Voting for the award took place after the end of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Those included in the voting were the 30 club general managers along with a panel of NHL executives.

The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards.

Marc Bergevin led the Canadiens to their second 100 point season in over 20 seasons. The Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in the past five seasons and are still in the running to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Dean Lombard led the Kings to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance and their third straight appearance in the Western Conference Finals. In addition, the Kings now have their fourth 100 point season in franchise history. The Kings are also still in the running to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bob Murray led the Ducks to what can be argued was the best season in franchise history. The Ducks took the Pacific Division title for the second straight year as well as having the top record in the Western Conference for the first time ever.

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