The finalists for the NHL Executive of the Year have been announced, and the Flyers' Paul Holmgren is not on the list.
Holmgren made bold moves last offseason in trading away building blocks Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and then addressed the goaltending situation with a $51 million contract for Ilya Bryzgalov.
The finalists are Doug Armstrong (St. Louis), David Poile (Nashville) and Dale Tallon (Florida). All had teams with low payrolls and exceeding expectations.
TSN's Bob McKenzie, among the voters, tweeted that he has Holmgren on his three-man ballot. "Doug Armstrong, David Poile and Dale Tallon nominees for NHL Exec of Year, all worthy, but I had PHI's Paul Holmgren on my three-man ballot. Didn't like Bryzgalov contract but to blow up core of team on fly - Richards-Carter trade - and not miss a beat, plus fill Pronger void. Trouble with exec voting this year, TOO many good options. Armstrong, Poile, Tallon, Holmgren. Don Maloney did great work, Bryan Murray too."