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Why Endorse Marc Bergevin Now & Questioning Jonathan Drouin

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

So it came to pass that as the Ides of March approached, the leader of the Montreal Canadiens found himself in the theatre of public opinion, surrounded by rabble-rousers brandishing their #FireBergevin daggers and screeching for blood.

It was then that one of the gods stepped down from the mountain, raised his palm, and thundered: “Nay! Stay your daggers! Marc Bergevin’s job is safe and secure. I like his plan for the future.”

With that, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, the very air was filled with open mouths and closed minds, the Twits and the Faces became filled with rage and the rivers of frustration overflowed.

Or something to that effect.

Here we are in the grip of an especially dreary March, with the parade along the usual route looking farther away than ever, and the question for Canadiens owner Geoff Molson (who issued that ringing endorsement of his GM) is a simple one: “Why now?”

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Drouin has 10 goals and 23 assists. Those are decent numbers, but they don’t scream special talent.

And you have to wonder why Byron and Gallagher would be in a hurry to get the puck to Drouin. He connects on 7.5 per cent of his shots, while Byron leads the team at 17.4 per cent and Gallagher checks in at 10.7 per cent. Twelve players on the team have better shooting percentages than Drouin; five players, including Gallagher and Byron, have more goals. Gallagher and Byron combined for nine shots against Tampa Bay; Drouin had two shots blocked, and a third was off target.

Looking at those numbers, shouldn’t Drouin be working hard to get the puck on his linemates’ sticks as much as he can?

Maybe the better question is: Shouldn’t he be working hard, period?

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Looking at those numbers, shouldn’t Drouin be working hard to get the puck on his linemates’ sticks as much as he can?

Maybe the better question is: Shouldn’t he be working hard, period?

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  Tags: jonathan+drouin, marc+bergevin

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