A guy who's paid his dues in the NHL as a player, scout, asst. coach and asst.general manager, Marc Bergevin has been named the GM of the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens made the announcement on Wednesday, May 2.
It remains one of hockey's highest profile jobs but the 46-year-old Bergevin has a resume that says he's up to the task, and to take the job had to be released from his contract as an asst. GM with the Chicago Blackhawks; Hawks GM Stan Bowman praised Bergevin in a press release and wished him the best. Bergevin, from Montreal, is renown for having a great sense of humor, something he may need as the top dog with Les Habitants.
Speculation is Bergevin will hire Patrick Roy
Speculation coming out of Montreal is that rather than retain head coach Randy Cunneyworth, hired mid-season to replace Jacques Martin by then-GM Pierre Gauthier, himself let go at the end of the season, Bergevin will hire former Montreal goalkeeper Patrick Roy as his bench boss. Gauthier was criticized in Montreal for hiring Cunneyworth because he does not speak French; it was expected Montreal would hire a bilingual GM; Bergevin becomes the 17th GM in club history.
He played 1,191 games in the NHL, scoring 36 goals and 181 points as a tough, stay-at-home defenceman. Bergevin played for 8 teams, starting with Chicago, who drafted him; he also played with the New York Islanders, Hartford Whalers, Tampa Bay Lightning (twice), Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins (twice), St. Louis Blues (twice) and the Vancouver Canucks. He retired in 2004.
Montreal finished out of the playoffs in 2011-12.