Kamal's Note: While this is a rumour right now, I have to say that it makes no sense to me. There is too much money left on the Gomez contract for a buyout to make any sense. The only solution that works is a demotion to the AHL.
Louis' Note: I agree with my colleague. If Geoff Molson has enough money to take on Tomas Kaberle and brush aside large portions of his richly paid hockey operations, then he should have the money to bury Gomez. A buyout is expensive and extremely cap-prohibitive. Brian La Rose crunched the numbers over at HabsWorld some time ago. The cap hits for 2012-13 and 2013-14 are not pretty.
UPDATE 8:58 AM: Well, it's official. The Habs have named Marc Bergevin as their new GM and will be holding a press conference at 2 PM this afternoon.
Here's the TSN piece.
UPDATE 9:15 AM: The Habs have posted the official press release. You can read it here.
According to a story by Chris Kuc, in the Chicago Tribune this morning, the Montreal Canadiens have chosen their new General Manager. And his name is... drum roll please...
Here is the Tribune story. RDS also reported the same thing earlier this morning.
The 46-year-old Montreal native served as assistant GM for the Chicago Blackhawks under Stan Bowman during the 2011-12 season.
In total, Bergevin has spent seven seasons in the Hawks' front office, holding various other positions with the team, including Director of Player Personnel and assistant coach. He also played 20 seasons in the NHL, totaling 1191 games and 1090 penalty minutes in the process.
Apparently, Pierre McGuire is the official runner-up and Geoff Molson informed him of their decision this morning. Francois Giguere, Claude Loiselle and Julien BriseBois were also in the running until recently.
And there you have it, folks. It seems the search is over for the most coveted position in hockey. I should specify that there has been no announcement, official or otherwise, from the Canadiens themselves.
But I imagine that isn't too far around the corner?
More to come, no doubt.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the Bergevin hiring?
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 on-air contributor on TSN 990, CJAD, and LiveSport New Zealand.
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