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Marc Bergevin tapped as next Canadiens GM

May 2, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

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There seems to be two trendy hiring practices in the NHL. When it comes to coaches, you look at who’s hot in the AHL. If you want to tap the next GM, just look at whoever is sitting next to Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.

The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc quotes sources who say that Marc Bergevin (pictured on the left) will go from Bowman’s assistant GM to the new general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.

The Blackhawks’ front office has been picked apart in recent years. The Winnipeg Jets hired former assistant Kevin Cheveldayoff in 2011. Rick Dudley preceded Cheveldayoff when the Jets were the Atlanta Thrashers and most recently served as one of Brian Burke’s many high-profile assistants in Toronto. Dale Tallon set the table for Bowman in Chicago but now he’s building something promising with the Florida Panthers.

Bergevin was an NHL defenseman for 20 years, playing 1,191 regular season games and 80 postseason contests. After that, he moved on to the Blackhawks’ front office, where he bounced around from scouting and assistant coaching positions before working his way up to assistant GM. The 2011-12 campaign was his seventh season in the front office, according to his bio. I hear he’s an “epic prankster” as well, but I’m not sure how relevant that is to his job as GM.

(Oh yeah, he’s also a Montreal native, so speaking French isn’t an issue – if his last name didn’t give it away already.)

So, what are you thoughts? Was this a good hire? Do you think the Blackhawks are getting tired of seeing their front office harvested year after year? Do tell.

UPDATE (9:00 a.m. ET): It’s official, Bergevin is Montreal’s man. Pierre McGuire was the runner-up for the position.

  1. bcisleman - May 2, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    McGuire would have been so much more fun…and he wouldn’t be giving us any more of his wisdom on NBC broadcasts—win-win. Habs are no fun!

  2. bloggersarenotjournalists - May 2, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    There is no reason to think this is a good hire other than optimism. He has done nothing.
    He hasn’t helped build that Hawks in any real way, all their groundwork has been done by others. The Habs are just hoping he knows what it takes and be a GM. When he was scouting for the Hawks they never made any great draft picks under him. And the only reason he has the Assistant GM title is because Cheveldayoff was hired in Winnipeg.

    I hope it works out for the Habs but I see no reason why it should. It’s a complete shot in the dark hire.

  3. going4iton4th - May 2, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    I would say the guy has worked his way up the organizational ladder. In addition to being a successful NHL player what’s not to like? The NHL isn’t as much fun without one of the Original Six franchises playing at a high level. Its like if the Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, or Lakers weren’t any good. Hopefully, this is a good sign for Montreal—-They have a lot of good pieces on their roster so I think going forward there can be some optimism.

  4. prosourcetalk - May 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    The only thing that matters is he speaks French

  5. id4joey - May 2, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    I agree with blogger and prosource

    From Montreal hockey fan

  6. charlutes - May 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    lol…Pierre McGuire.

  7. habsman - May 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I’m just thankful it wasn’t Roy.

    • kitshky - May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      I agree, as much as I love Patrick Roy I think that would have been nothing more than putting emotion and nostalgia ahead of business sense.

      That being said though, I would have loved to see McGuire get a crack. There’s not too many guys working today with as indepth knowledge of hockey personnel from the NHL to the Major Juniors and beyond as Pierre.

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