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Blues' Armstrong Named General Manager of the Year
Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues is the 2011-12 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.
Armstrong oversaw a Blues renaissance reflected by their 49-22-11 record and first Central Division title since 1999-2000. Adding to a talented nucleus of Blues draft picks that includes David Backes, T.J. Oshie, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo, Armstrong signed unheralded free agent goaltender Brian Elliott, who led the NHL with a 1.56 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. He also acquired veteran forwards Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner. After the Blues started the season 6-7-0, Armstrong made a change behind the bench by bringing in 500-game winner and
Stanley Cup champion head coach Ken Hitchcock, who led St. Louis to a 43-15-11 record.
2011-2012 NHL General Manager of the Year Award Voting
1.Doug Armstrong, STL 119 (16-11-6)
2.Dale Tallon, FLA 88 (10-11-5)
3.David Poile, NSH 62 (11-1-4)
4.Glen Sather, NYR 17 (1-2-6)
5.Paul Holmgren, PHI 17 (0-4-5)
6.Bryan Murray, OTT 10 (0-2-4)
7.Don Maloney, PHX 9 (0-2-3)
8.Ken Holland, DET 8 (0-2-2)
9.Mike Gillis, VAN 7 (0-2-1)
10.Stan Bowman, CHI 5 (1-0-0)
11.Greg Sherman, COL 3 (0-1-0)
12.Lou Lamoriello, N.J. 1 (0-0-1)
Ray Shero, PIT 1 (0-0-1)