Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois could bring home some hardware this postseason. And we’re not talking about the Stanley Cup.
BriseBois is one of three finalists for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award, voted on by league GMs, a panel of NHL executives and media members at the end of the second round of the playoffs.
Alongside BriseBois, Dallas' Jim Nill and the Islanders' Lou Lamoriello are up for the award. The winner will be announced during pre-game of the Western Conference final between Dallas and Vegas on Saturday.
BriseBois was nominated for the first time thanks to his personnel moves after the Lightning’s stunning 2019 postseason exit. He signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and reigning Stanley Cup champion Pat Maroon, as well as inked Brayden Point and Andrei Vasilevskiy to multi-year deals. Prior to February’s trade deadline, he brought in Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow and Zach Bogosian.
BriseBois served under Steve Yzerman for eight years prior to his promotion in September 2018. Yzerman is the only Lightning general manager to have previously won this award (2014-15).
This postseason marks the fourth time in six seasons that Tampa Bay has made it to the Eastern Conference final, doing so previously in 2017-18, 2015-16 and 2014-15.