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Holland tops list of NHL's best GMs

Tuesday, 03.13.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Holland tops list of NHL\'s best GMs
By Jason Kay, The Hockey News

The Hockey News is in the business of informing and entertaining, crafting relevant stories that resonate with our audience and hopefully create a buzz in the industry.

That mandate, while embraceable and exciting, has its challenges. Take this week's cover story.

Internally, we've been talking much of the season about doing a ranking of the NHL's GMs. It's a story with bite, founded on hard analysis and fitted with lightning rods.

Early on in the campaign, we shelved the idea because there hadn't been enough time to properly evaluate each of the 30 men. A legitimate excuse, but one that no longer exists. So when the concept re-emerged as the trade deadline approached, we had to ask ourselves: Is the reward worth the risk?

Clearly, we decided it is.

The risk in this case is alienating sources, a concept with which we're familiar. We understand this feature may upset some of the GMs we've spotted among the lower echelon. But that's the nature of a ranking ? somebody has to finish last.

The reward is a stellar story that fulfils our mission, a philosophy that is based on feedback we've received from our readers. And we decided if we're going to take the plunge and potentially rankle NHL team personnel, we wouldn't be milquetoast about it. Senior writer Ken Campbell used direct language and a 1-through-30 rating system that clearly separates first from worst and all the GMs in between.

Here's what senior writer Ken Campbell wrote about the Red Wings' Ken Holland, The Hockey News' General Manager of the Year:

"Holland is in the Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame and looking at the numbers he put up as a 5-foot-8 minor pro goalie, we'll be darned if we can figure out why. But know this: Holland will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder one day and it will be well deserved. "To me, Ken Holland is the best GM in hockey and there's nobody even close to him," said one NHL team executive. Holland built great teams when he had money and he has done the same under the constraints of a salary cap that his Detroit Red Wings never needed. His scouting background has given him a strong foundation in identifying talent both in the amateur and pro ranks. But Holland's best attribute is his decisiveness."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80