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Apparently Marc Bergevin’s “honeymoon” is over in Montreal

Jun 5, 2012, 11:02 PM EDT

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“From galvanized to polarized in one short month.”

That’s how Dave Stubbs describes the mood regarding Marc Bergevin’s very young reign as the Montreal Canadiens’ GM after ushering in the second Michel Therrien era. Stubbs believes that making that controversial coaching hire has already ended the “honeymoon” era for Bergevin.

Compared to Pierre Gauthier, his sometimes lifelike predecessor, Bergevin has been a breath of communicative fresh air, keeping some cards tight to his vest yet willing to show others.

But in the dark of night Monday into Tuesday, Internet reports confirmed by team communiqué roughly nine hours later, Bergevin confounded many fans and infuriated plenty more with his hiring of Michel Therrien to a second tour of duty as Canadiens head coach.

All this iron-rich new blood in the front office, and then Bergevin gives the team what many critics are calling a stale infusion.

The “honeymoon” moniker might just be the important thing to remember, though.

Sure, Therrien’s hire is the first “major” move of the Bergevin era (apologies to Dudley), yet there are much bigger decisions ahead. Most obviously, Bergevin needs to lock up young cornerstones – and restricted free agents – Carey Price and P.K. Subban with reasonable new deals.

It’s a tough situation for a general manager considering the differing pressures of a crowd that wants wins right away and a role that often calls for patience, but ultimately, Bergevin needs to go with his gut.

Picking Therrien will test that intestinal fortitude, though.

  1. barkar942 - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    So, I gather that Therrien does speak French?

  2. quonce - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Je ne sais pas.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Lock up P.K. Subban?
    No No Subban has embarrassed the jersey for long enough and is one of the problems. He needs to be shipped out for whatever value the Habs can get for him.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Lock up P.K. Subban?
    No No Subban has embarrassed the jersey for long enough and is one of the problems. He needs to be shipped out for whatever value the Habs can get for him.

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Lock up P.K. Subban?
    No No Subban has embarrassed the jersey for long enough and is one of the problems. He needs to be shipped out for whatever value the Habs can get for him.

  6. acieu - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    PK must have embarrassed the jersey. Maybe Crosby will want to come play for his old coach since they were so tight. Aside from the French speaking requirement how about a fresh new name for coaching positions? The guy in Norfolk of the AHL should be a hot commodity? Aren’t there anything but retreads?

  7. crazemastercraze - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    this ridiculous idea that the coach HAS to be a Francophone will keep the habs buried in mediocrity for the next decade+, until they finally realize that ethnicity matters not when it comes to coaching. good luck trying to tell the french that bit of logic….

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