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Dreger: Rick Dudley to be named Canadiens assistant GM

May 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, former Atlanta Thrashers GM and current Maple Leafs director of player personnel Rick Dudley is about to move to Montreal.

Dreger reports Dudley is expected to be named as the new assistant general manager for the Canadiens and pair up with new GM Marc Bergevin to try and straighten the team out. Of course, the move doesn’t come without some issues as Dreger highlights.

Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke and newly appointed Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin are in discussions over Dudley’s jump from one team to the other.

Dudley, a member of Toronto’s management team, has an “out” in his contract with the Leafs, but has done extensive work for Toronto on the upcoming NHL Draft and sources say Burke would prefer Dudley not join the Canadiens until after the Draft.

Both the Leafs and Habs have top five picks in this year’s draft and the last thing Toronto wants to do is lend Montreal a hand when both teams are in critical situations heading into the summer. Toronto handing Montreal what would essentially be a cheat sheet would cause a meltdown amongst Leafs fans.

That said, Dreger hits it on the head – expect the two sides to get something worked out so Dudley can join the Habs after the draft in late June.

  1. ribs108 - May 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Dudley must’ve been planning this for some time as he has been on Montreal radio for a couple of weeks now gushing about the wonders of Bergevin. It’s a bit of an odd case of treachery as Rick is from Toronto. I only hope he’ll be joining Bergevin to sabotage the Habs for years to come, otherwise I just don’t get it. Whatever the case, I’d be disappointed if he goes to the Canadiens. Don’t be a traitor Rick!!!

  2. habsman - May 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    If Dudley has negotiated an “out” in his contract with Brian Burke, then what right has Burke to ask him to wait? Especially considering the underhanded way Burke left Aneheim to come to Toronto.

  3. billsin20xx - May 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    The key is we NEED Dud’s back here in Buffalo as GM! Hopefully Pegula will wake up and realize Regier and Ruff has to go.

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