I find it funny how people are saying that Habs gm Marc Bergevin didn`t do enough on Free Agent Frenzy Canada Day July, 1 2012. Bergevin addressed the need of "team guys" and "gritty players" by adding Colby Armstrong, Francis Bouillon and Brandon Prust. Let`s look at what else Bergevin has done since being hired.
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A list of hirings by Bergevin since taking office : Rick Dudley, Scott Mellanby, Michel Therrien, Gerard Gallant, Clement Jodoin, J.J. Daigneault, Sylvain Lefebvre, a couple of scouts, Ethan Moreau as a western scout to name one, and finally the hiring of Martin Lapointe and Patrice Brisebois along with the resigning of Larry Carriere.
The office for which Bergevin was hired was under staffed and lacking any sense of direction, Bergevin has now fixed that problem which was a major one to say the least.
Marc Bergevin also let Head of player procurement Trevor Timmins run wild and finally be able to do his job without a black cloud of uncertainty above him.
Next there where the resigning of players Travis Moen, Ryan White, Alexei Emelin, and Petteri Nokelainen.
The letting go of Matheiu Darche, Andreas Engqvist and Brad Staubitz.
Signing premier netminder Carey Price to a six year 39 million dollar deal.
In other words Marc Bergevin has rectified mass under staffing, new coaches, assistants, new coaches in Hamilton, great picks at the draft including future Habs number 1 center and NHL star Alex Galchenyuk, has resigned or went to FA market to sign toughness and heart players, yet still some would say he hasn`t done anything or not much of mention?
Could the Montreal Canadiens use a star scorer the likes of Bobby Ryan, Rick Nash or Zach Parise, absolutely, is it worth potentailly letting go of some future stars in the organization to do so, the jury is still out on that one.
The Habs gm has done everything that needed to be done so far, with the exception of signing or acquiring a sniper LW, and a big shut down d man.
The Habs press conference which was held Monday July 2, 2012, at 17:30 instead of the previous 17:00, 16:30 and 18:00 on July 1 2012 would suggest that the Canadiens were trying to get something done, what it is no-one knows, but one would suggest it wasn`t just to announce the Price signing, as Bergevin looked tired and annoyed at the presser.
Marc Bergevin is taking his time to make sure he does what is needed properly, not in a rush. Taking a 15th place team in the conference, changing the structure of players, mentality of the team and gathering an intelligent staff does not come overnight.
The next moves to come would be the signing of P.K. Subban and filling that LW spot beside center Thomas Plekanec. which I`m sure Bergevin was trying to do on FA day, but fell short.
Marc Bergevin is a smart man, he hired the best people in the right places, got some grit and toughness that the Habs lacked, resigned some players, and is moving forward to work on his team further.
There are a few more pieces missing, but rest assured, Marc Bergevin is doing things the right way.
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