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by The Upper Canadien on 05/03/12 at 09:45 PM ET
So we’ve got Marc Bergevin. He wasn’t my first choice, but I think he’ll do a solid job. My major concern? Not sure he would have been considered for a GM post anywhere else at this point, and I’d certainly never heard his name mentioned until the Montreal vacancy appeared. No one can deny that language plays a role in Montreal, and I believe it did here to. That said, the Canadiens are in good hands, and I have no doubt Bergevin will surround himself with good people.
My first move if I was in his shoes? I’d be phoning the runner-up, Pierre McGuire, and asking him to be assistant GM. Even Serge Savard commented on the radio yesterday that McGuire probably knows more about players across the NHL than anyone else going today. If that isn’t an endorsement, I don’t know what is. Rick Dudley would be another good addition to the front office. More than anything, I’d like to see some depth at the Bell Centre. Enough of the one man show. The Canadiens are a tradition, a spiritual necessity, and they need to start acting like it again. The press conference yesterday suggests they are, finally, doing that again. Now, let’s see it continue.
Now onto the head coaching vacancy. Derrière le banc. Who’s on the longlist? Who knows. But my best guesses, based on logic, media coverage, and the unemployed:
and, should he not return in Vancouver, Alain Vigneault.
Now, who’s on the shortlist? Well, we know that ownership interviewed Bergevin and McGuire regarding Roy as head coach, so he’s on there. Bob Hartley is another name that makes sense, based on experience, his Stanley Cup win, and his ties to Quebec as a former broadcaster. Marc Crawford was Bergevin’s last coach when he was playing. Denis Savard is known to be a good friend, and former colleague, of Bergevin’s. Guy Carbonneau had a strong stint before being turfed, very suddenly, by former GM Bob Gainey. And Vigneault is respected league wide for his hockey acumen.
So there are some names to chew on. My two cents? Well, Carbonneau has something to prove. I’d love to see him as part of the new staff. Andy Murray is another very, very intelligent hockey man who once worked for the Habs in a front office capacity. Heck, for that matter, Jacques Martin wouldn’t be a bad addition as an assistant. Patrick Roy is too emotional. Therrien is a retread. I wouldn’t mind seeing a fresh face, but someone with a history of winning. Marc Crawford jumps to mind off that list, as does Robinson - though he’s known to have declined the opportunity in the past.
And so, we play the waiting game again. However, this time, we know who the puppeteer is. Now the offseason fun can begin.
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