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Marc Bergevin named GM

  • So after a long search it has finally been leaked that Marc Bergevin will replace Pierre Gauthier as General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Bergevin has been the assistant GM to Stan Bowman in Chicago since June of 2011. Though he has a little less than 1 season`s experience in that position, he has spent 2 seasons as Chicago`s Director of Player Personnel, among other positions for the past 7.

    Bergevin is an interesting choice. A Montreal-born defenseman who played just under 1200 games in the NHL, Bergevin is an ideal candidate – but lacking in the knockout experience that someone like (Red Wings Assistant GM) Jim Nill would have brought to the table. That said – he has spent the better part of the last decade in critical hockey positions such as Assistant Coach, Director of Scouting and as a scout. He truly is a guy who has seen the game from all angles – the ice, the bench as a coach, the scouting and operations sides. Bergevin played a large part in a turnaround that saw Chicago go from a last place team with young talent to a Stanley Cup Champion in 2010. If ever there was an appropriate situation for him to join it is this one.

    I like Bergevin – especially over Pierre McGuire (the other rumored choice). Montreal needs stability and experience. Bergevin will provide both of those things going forward. The question now becomes: who will be his coach?

    Typically new GM’s like to surround themselves with people they have worked with in the past and can trust. Where does this leave Patrick Roy who has been thought of as the front runner for that position?

    Finally – where does this leave Scott Gomez and a few other players who seem to be on the outside of the corps of young players who will lead this team out of the basement of the Eastern Conference? There have been reports this morning that Gomez will be bought out. I’m not sure that makes any sense whatsoever.

    Gomez’ contract last 2 more seasons with a cap hit of 7.3M each. In reality though, his true costs are $5.5M and $4.5M, which does present an opportunity to attract teams that need to hit the cap floor – but want to find savings. A buy out would mean that Gomez’ cap hit would be $3.5M this season and $4.5M next followed by two subsequent seasons of $1.6M cap hit penalties. Essentially a buy out doubles the remaining length of a contract – meaning that if at all possible, Montreal should try to move Gomez, or hope that the new CBA allows teams to cut one contract going forward (as was the case the last time the CBA was negotiated).

    A buy-out is certainly still an option – but if I were GM, I would want to exhaust the other options open before jumping into an expensive situation that could handcuff the team for the next 4 years.

    We’ll see what happens.

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    May 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Well Bergevin is probably the best available French person who is cabable of handling the GM duties. Time will tell if he can build the type of team that can get out of the eastern conference. When there are so many different types of teams that can be successful,whether they are the bullies like Boston and Philly, or the checking teams like the Devels. To the skating teams like the Rangers.

    I like most of the habs fans on this blog believe that we have to compete with the bullies first becuase they seem to be able to provide what is needed to move to the next level and the league seems to let up on the penalties called in the playoffs over the regular season because the physical play excites the fans especially the US fans.

    I personally think it is a mistake to have Roy as the head coach. I have never liked his attitude and I am afraid that his attitude will get in the way when coaching professional players? My opinion.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    May 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    When talking about Gomez, I wonder if he would be willing to start a new career as a coach or playing coach if he so desires. Start him out in the east cost league or as an assistant in Hamilton. He is not a stupid player just his skill level has disappeared.

  3. #3 Avatar37 says:
    May 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’d rather have Roy over AV or Therrien. Half the list of potential candidates are people that have already coached for, and been fired by, the Habs. Corey Crawford makes the most sense, this is a guy who knows his hockey. Cunneyworth proved himself and earned another year but he won’t get the chance. A team that dismisses talent based on language doesn’t deserve to win.

  4. #4 Mats Naslund says:
    May 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I have to take issue with the idea that Cunneyworth “earned” another year. Not that I think he was terrible – but what metric do we use to judge whether a coach has done a good job?

    In my mind he made some pretty peculiar lineup decisions. His shootout choices were ghastly, and the team certainly didn’t respond to him in a way that would indicate that his addition was a trans-formative move.

    Not that he can be outright blamed for a bad team – but his record of 18-23-9 (36% win percentage) is not exactly what you would normally classify as a success.

    In my opinion, he is FAR better suited to be an assistant at this point in his career. He’s still a valuable guy to have around – but as a Head Coach he didn’t show all that much to me – other than he was a good sport about being put in an awkward and difficult position.

  5. #5 Senet1 says:
    May 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I think the first 15 games that Cunneyworth coach are hard to judge his coaching abilities. After all he did try to completely change the approach and it took awhile for the players to buy into or learn his system.

  6. #6 Senet1 says:
    May 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Record in the first 15 games of 4-9-2. So the last 35 games he was 14-14-7 at least the way I figure it. I believe that as the season got closer to the end the team played better. Possible Markov had some influence on that out come but I think Staubitz had something to do with it too.

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