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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Marc Bergevin is a genius. In case you had any doubts on that point, sportswriters working in both French and English hit upon the same lead after Michael Ryder’s star turn against Winnipeg last week.
All Bergevin needs to put himself in the same category as Albert Einstein is a head of bushy hair and a drooping moustache.
Who are we to argue? Bergevin seems to do no wrong. He has done three years work in the span of a few months, handled the tricky P.K. Subban situation with aplomb, drafted the most talented player in the 2012 draft in young Alex Galchenyuk and pulled off the trade of the year by prying Michael Ryder out of Dallas in exchange for the moribund Erik Cole.
But Bergevin’s most brilliant stroke may have been the one that drew the most fire at the time: the decision to recycle Michel Therrien as his coach. Today, with 10 games to play, the Canadiens still atop the division and threatening to win the Eastern Conference as legitimate contenders for Lord Stanley’s Cup, Therrien is one of the leading candidates for the Jack Adams trophy as the NHL’s best coach.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Geoff Molson said he’s not an impatient owner.
That could be a good thing because Marc Bergevin, who has been tasked with re-establishing a winning culture with the Montreal Canadiens, said Wednesday that he can’t put a timetable on how long it will take to rebound from what may have been the most embarrassing season in the team’s storied history.
The good news is that Bergevin, who was introduced Wednesday as the team’s new general manager, believes that there is the nucleus of a good team and that his job is more a question of retooling than rebuilding.
Bergevin is facing some serious challenges as he settles into a new role, but he appears prepared to take them on in a thoughtful, methodical manner.
The Canadiens need a new head coach, there are serious concerns about the team’s pro scouts, the Canadiens have the new-found luxury of a high draft pick and there are decisions to be made regarding a dozen restricted and unrestricted free agents.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
In the coaching realm, when an organization hits the reset button, invariably it hires what it hasn’t had: a players’ coach is succeeded by a disciplinarian; a prison warden replaces a country club social director; Mr. Yin yields to Mr. Yang. But the storied Montreal Canadiens, who sashay down Ste. Catherine St. to a beat sometimes only they can hear, have extended one of sport’s governing principles to the front office.
Marc Bergevin is taking over from Pierre Gauthier as general manager of a franchise that has won a record 24 Stanley Cups. The most amazing thing is not that Bergevin will occupy the same seventh floor office that Gauthier—nicknamed The Ghost—once haunted, but that the two of them even occupy the same planet.
Gauthier is dour. Bergevin loves to laugh. Gauthier is secretive. Bergevin is gregarious. They are both committed hockey men, true, but then you could also say that Meryl Streep and Kim Kardashian are both actresses.
A Bergevin story: When he an NHL defenseman—he played 1,191 games for eight teams during 20 NHL seasons—he would register in hotels under the name “Denis Lemieux.” Lemieux was the Charlestown Chiefs goaltender in the classic comedy Slap Shot.
The Montreal Canadiens have tabbed former NHL player Marc Bergevin as its new GM and will introduce him in a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the team’s practice facility.
Bergevin, 46, will replace the fired Pierre Gauthier, who was let go near the end of the 2011-12 season, and become the 17th GM in Canadiens history. The Canadiens not only missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but finished last in the Eastern Conference and No. 28 in the League with a 31-35-16 record.
A Montreal native, Bergevin has spent the past seven seasons in Chicago’s front office. This past season, Bergevin was the assistant GM under Stan Bowman.
The Montreal Gazette has a Q & A with Tom Kostopoulos…
What is the craziest prank you have seen?
“In Los Angeles, I used to switch the gel and the shampoo, and one day Marc Crawford went to gel his hair and used the shampoo. And the way he likes his hair perfect, it was pretty funny when he came out and it was all flat and he was pretty fired up about it. Marc Bergevin, when I was in Pittsburgh, he was crazy. He used to dress up like the other team’s mascot before the games, wear wigs or dress up like a 1970s dancer and dance for everyone. He was probably the funniest prankster and craziest guy I have met.”
more with Tom…