Does that make you sad? Or, after the season of misery that was, are you just happy to have a reprieve, free to watch hockey without really caring who wins or loses?
There was lots of great hockey last night, as there is sure to be for the next few months. But the big story, on the Habs front, was Nick Kypreos saying the Habs are interested in talking with Luc Robitaille about the GM vacancy.
The move is a little surprising to me but, at the very least, it shows that no stone is being left unturned.
Robitaille aside, it is sounding like Marc Bergevin is the current front runner in the GM race, and he is certainly an interesting candidate.
Here is a look at his bio, from the Blackhawks' site:
Bergevin's experience running amateur and pro scouting in Chicago and overseeing their player development program, would be a huge asset. Also, as Toronto's Assistant GM, Rick Dudley, said yesterday on TSN 990, he considers Bergevin to be in the top one percent of talent evaluators.
The top one percent.
Now that is one man's opinion, but Dudley is no slouch himself.
Oh and in case you were wondering, yes, Bervegin is fluently bilingual.
Still, Bergevin's experience in hockey ops is limited, having just finished his first year as Assistant GM in Chicago. Also, as Hawks GM, Stan Bowman, said last year, by his own admission, Bergevin is no expert on the cap. He's mostly learning on the job.
Not that this would be the end of the world, since GM's can always hire cap experts. But still, it's something to keep in mind for a guy with aspirations of running the whole show.
Whatever happens, things are sure to get interesting for the Habs between now and the draft. If I was a betting man, I'd say they'll have a GM in place by Mid-May, latest.
This should be an interested few months leading up to the draft for the Habs, to say the least!
Kamal is a freelance writer, Senior Writer/Editor-in-Chief of HabsAddict.com, Montreal Canadiens Blogger on Hockeybuzz.com and featured columnist on PowerScoutHockey.com. Kamal is also a regular contributor to the Sunday Shinny segment of The Franchise weekend morning show, on TSN Radio 990 (AM 990) every Sunday from 9 - 10 AM. Listen live at http://www.tsn.ca/montreal/
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