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from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

NHL.com: Here we are on a hot summer afternoon, eight days after the start of nuclear winter in this city. You knew when you traded P.K. Subban for Shea Weber that you weren't dealing a garden-variety third-line wing. Has the dust settled for you, even a little?

Bergevin: There was a lot of thought going into this [trade] prior to that day, a lot of discussion internally. I had talked to my hockey people. At the end of the day, I make the decision. It's on my shoulders, and I get that. But once I make that decision, I don't look back anymore. It's like the old expression, "If you're looking in the rearview mirror, you don't see what's ahead of you." There was a well-thought process of how and why. As a group we talked, and then I made the final decision, and after that, I move on. If you're asking me "since that day…" well, I have moved on, yes.

NHL.com: Did you bring Geoff Molson, the team owner and your boss, in on this trade as it began to take shape in your mind? Or was it finally in the end, you telling him, "Geoff, for your information, this is what I'm doing." Or something in between?

Bergevin: Obviously, circumstances are a little different with P.K. There's one thing with Geoff: He's been good all along -- he leaves it to me to make the hockey decisions. I keep him informed. I tell him, "This is why, and this is the risk." Any transaction you make, there's always a risk. Always. Small transaction or big. And I lay it out to Geoff, and he tells me, "You're here to make hockey decisions, so make this team better. That's your job."

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