The Montreal Canadiens decision to hire Marc Bergevin as their new general manager has been widely viewed as being a very shrewd move by a team that finished third bottom of the entire league last season.
While there has not been any huge changes made in the playing staff during the off-season, the general feeling around the place is fairly positive, ahead of the new season.
After progressing past the second round of the play-offs on just one occasion since the 1993 Stanley Cup triumph, Montreal know they need someone to come in and start a real rebuilding process in order to bring this franchise back to where it needs to be.
Bergevin, a native of Montreal, knows just what fans betting on NHL expect from their teams, and the new chief will be under no illusion as to how big the job is on his hands.
Bergevin has had to work his way up to the position of general manager, spending a year working as assistant GM for a season with the Chicago Blackhawks, working under Stan Bowman, before being offered a route back to Canada and a GM position of his own.
Blackhawks GM, Bowman, admitted that he was delighted for Bergevin to have been offered his ultimate job in Montreal, hailing the NHL scores the 47-year old had achieved during his time in Chicago as a player and assistant GM.
“Marc has had a lot of experience in so many different areas. Obviously, he played for 20 years in the league, and he’s had a lot of different experiences from that side,” said Bowman.
“His work ethic and dedication to the team has been unparalleled. But it’s the right time for him to take the opportunity. He’s very excited and we’re happy for him.”
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