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2024 Stanley Cup Final

Florida Panthers Bill Zito Loses NHL GM Award — Again



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Paul Maurice, right, is introduced as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers by general manager Bill Zito on June 23, 2022, in Sunrise. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol)

Bill Zito has been named a finalist for the Jim Gregory NHL GM of the Year Award three times in his four years with the Florida Panthers.

Once again, Zito did not win.

For the second straight year, Dallas GM Jim Nill has won the award.

Zito actually finished third in voting to Vancouver’s Patrik Allvin.

Voting for this award was conducted among NHL general managers and a panel of league executives as well as print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the second round.

Zito took over the Panthers before the pandemic-shortened 2021 season became the first finalist in three of his first four years with a team.

Bob Murray, Marc Bergevin, Steve Yzerman, David Poile and Nill are the others to be nominated three times.

Bill Zito: Sleepless Nights Trying to Keep Panthers Together 

Zito recently signed a contract extension with the Panthers and was named the team’s President of Hockey Operations.

His Panthers were in the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year and played Edmonton in Game 2 on the night the winner of the award was announced.

Among Zito’s moves this season: Signing Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niko Mikkola and Dmitry Kulikov to solidify Florida’s defense while also adding Anthony Stolarz, Steven Lorentz, Kevin Stenlund, Evan Rodrigues and Jonah Gadjovich.

During the season, Florida traded for Vladimir Tarasenko and Kyle Okposo.

  • When: Thursday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Rogers Place; Edmonton, Alberta
  • National TV: ABC
  • Streaming: ESPN+/Hulu
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (West Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); WCZR 101.7-FM (Treasure Coast); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL app
  • Series Schedule, All Games 8 p.m. on ABC — Game 1: @Florida 3, Edmonton 0; Game 2: Edmonton @Florida, Monday; Game 3: Florida at Edmonton, Thursday; Game 4:Florida at Edmonton, Saturday June 15; Game 5*: Edmonton at Florida, Tuesday June 18; Game 6*:Florida at Edmonton, Friday June 21; Game 7*: Edmonton at Florida, Monday June 24. (*) – If Necessary
  • How They Got Here — Florida: d. Tampa Bay 4-1, Boston 4-2, New York Rangers 4-2; Edmonton: d. Los Angeles 4-1, Vancouver 4-3, Dallas 4-2.
  • This Season (Florida Won 2-0) — At Florida: Panthers 5, Oilers 3 (Nov. 20). At Edmonton: Panthers 5, Oilers 2 (Dec. 17).
  • Last Season: Edmonton Won 2-0

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Duke del Valle

Ridiculous. Just hoist the Cup and prove the voters all wrong.

Go Cats.

Jon Baldwin

What a f-ing joke.


Wow. What a joke. He’ll take the cup

Pepe Cajones

He’s okay but he’s no Dave Tallon

Ed Purchase

I suppose jealousy breeds contempt.


The decision rendered gives it the significance of a participation trophy.

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