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Marc Bergevin: A Look at the GM’s Tenure

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In Bob McKenzie’s latest interview, he interviewed Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. Bergevin was extensive in his answers, he provided in-depth answers. Bergevin had talked a little bit about his defensive depth, his superstar goalie Carey Price and a few other things.

Marc Bergevin arrived in Montreal on May 2nd 2012 after the Canadiens’ dismal season in which they finished 15th in the East. Bergevin came in eager to learn on the job and eager to turn this franchise around. He started the turn around as soon as the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by selecting now 3rd year pro Alex Galchenyuk 3rd overall. Bergevin addressed his teams’ needs at that point through the free agency period in which he signed Brandon Prust, Colby Armstrong & Francis Bouillon. His team performed quite well the following lockout shortened season by winning the now defunct Northeast Division, but ended up getting eliminated in 5 games by the Ottawa Senators.

Entering the off-season, Marc Bergevin said that there are players who get you to the playoffs & players who get you through the playoffs. He stayed true to that by signing playoff performer Daniel Brière to a 2 year, $8M deal. Brière helped the Canadiens to a 4th place finish with 100 points & through a deep playoff run which ended in a 1-0 defeat in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the New York Rangers. Daniel Brière’s days as a Canadien were numbered as he was dealt shortly after by Bergevin to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for P.A. Parenteau & a 5th round selection in 2015.

This leads us to the interview with Bob McKenzie. Bergevin said that Carey Price is 100% healthy going into training camp which helps Habs fans breathe a sigh of relief. He talked about how Greg Pateryn, Nathan Beaulieu & Jarred Tinordi will be competing for the vacant 6th D spot on the roster. He also talked about the new leadership core & how the loss to the NY Rangers will be a learning curve for all the players involved. Bergevin reiterated that the Canadiens have not gotten to where they want to be yet and are maintaining the course that they have taken since his regime started, which is to build from within. Perhaps the smartest way to build a perennial Stanley Cup contending franchise for the next 10-15 years.

All in all, Marc Bergevin has made some mistakes in his tenure as general manager but those are things he has learned from, corrected & moved on from. He’s brought a staff in who cares & is dedicated to having a winning culture & winning a 25th Stanley Cup in Montreal. Marc Bergevin’s humbleness & class speak volumes about the direction he has the Canadiens heading. Exciting times coming up for Habs fans.

Article by Christopher Hatzitolios