The long wait is over and despite my advocating Pierre McGuire for the big job, the Montreal Canadiens have decided to move in a different direction and hire Marc Bergevin, assistant general manager with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bergevin obviously has a good pedigree, though you could certainly argue someone with more experience would have been better suited for the job. Montreal is a premier organization and thus, should hire a premier general manager. That is a fair argument, though it isn’t a situation completely different from the one Boston faced when they hired Peter Chiarelli. He has fared well for himself so far.
A Coles Notes of Bergevin’s presser:
- Randy Cunneyworth won’t be back as head coach, though he could return as an assistant.
- He likes a lot of the pieces Montreal has.
- A lot of work needs to be done.
- Really, a lot.
Given the distinct chasm in personality and approach between Pierre Gauthier and Bergevin, I’d have to think this, at the very least, will serve as a nice refresh for the Habs. Even if Bergevin doesn’t cut it, he will do well for himself if he can purge the ghosts of Gauthier and get this team cleared out properly financially and streamlined talent-wise to build around the likes of Price, Subban and Eller.
Truthfully, the Habs were run into the ground by Gauthier to a degree, and anyone would have their work cut out for them. Habs fans really need to hope that their man took enough away from his time with the Blackhawks beyond drafting Toews and Kane to understand what makes a team successful. I presume he’ll hold press conferences which will be a nice change.
Having seen Bergevin’s résumé and early reactions to the team, do you think he’ll be a success?