You don’t often hear league employees publicly express positive sentiments about teams or individuals in Gary Bettman’s NHL, for obvious reasons. But when it came to Lou Lamoriello winning his first Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award, NHL senior vice-president John Dellapina could not hide his sense of approval. And he was bang-on in his assessment.

“This is not an old award,” Dellapina said. “But still, and I think I speak for everyone at the NHL, for us to have a General Manager of the Year Award that did not have you as one of the winners on it just didn’t seem right. And now it seems right.”



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