Don Maloney
Coyotes’ Don Maloney received the NHL’s first GM-of-the-Year Award – for best suntan maybe (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Last week, Phoenix Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney had the newly minted GM-of-the-Year Award bestowed on him by the NHL. Giving a GM an award for his team’s performance during one single regular season is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. It’s like profusely thanking your mechanic for the job he’s/she’s done before you even drive the car. It’s like giving out a Gardener-of-the-Year Award before any plants have broken through the soil. So the Coyotes had one reasonably good regular season – that does not merit an award for anyone, especially the general manager. (more…)

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