The Montreal Canadiens are a not your average hockey team. They may have played like that for too many years, but they are the gold standard for the sport of Hockey. They are akin to the NY Yankees in Baseball.
Winning, and winning it all is an expectation and always will be, even in years when it’s clear that they won’t.
That adds pressure, but it also adds prestige. Winning it all in Montreal is not the same as winning it all in any other NHL city.
That being said it takes a special type of person to be its General Manager, and even coach.
Sadly ownership over the last several decades have struggled. There have been glimpses of hope that have been dashed by politics, and cash. Montreal is a cash cow of a team as well. The Bell Centre earns lots of it.
Currently the team is owned by Geoff Molson who seemed to be “all in” in embracing the hype that has been Marc Bergevin, but sadly Bergevin has preformed like a mid level Rotisserie Hockey manager rather than a legendary franchise GM. Each and every transaction should reflect that.
In the age of the salary cap assent management is key to survival. Each draft pick has to be developed to its maximum. Looking back to the Pollock days, each transaction has to have a focus on the ultimate goal of winning Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Here’s a look at the transactions Mr. Bergevin has made since taking over in 2012.
April 2013 – 5th round pick #146 (Patrick Bartosak – Los Angeles) in 2013 previously re-acquired from Nashville traded to Los Angeles Kings for Davis Drewiske
February 2013 – Erik Cole traded to Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder and a 3rd round pick #71 (Connor Crisp) in 2013
March 2014 – Future Considerations (TBD) traded to Nashville Predators for Devan Dubnyk
March 2014 – 5th round pick #147 (Ryan Pilon – New York Islanders) in 2015 traded to Florida Panthers for Mike Weaver
February 2014 – Steve Quailer traded to Los Angeles Kings for Robert Czarnik
February 2014 – Raphael Diaz traded to Vancouver Canucks for Dale Weise
July 2013 – Philippe Lefebvre and a 7th round pick #182 (Hugo Fagerblom) in 2014 previously acquired from Florida (June 30, 2013) traded to Florida Panthers for George Parros
July 2013 – Danny Kristo traded to New York Rangers for Christian Thomas
June 2013 – 7th round pick #206 (MacKenzie Weegar) in 2013 traded to Florida Panthers for a 7th round pick #182 (Hugo Fagerblom) in 2014
March 2015 – Jack Nevins and a 7th round pick in 2016 traded to Buffalo Sabres for Torrey Mitchell
March 2015 – 5th round pick in 2016 traded to Buffalo Sabres for Brian Flynn
March 2015 – 2nd round pick #57 (Jonas Siegenthaler – Washington via New York Rangers) in 2015 and a 4th round pick #117 (Caleb Jones) in 2015 traded to Edmonton Oilers for Jeff Petry. There was a condition that if Montreal won one round in the 2014-15 playoffs, the 5th would become a 4th round pick (triggered), two rounds and it would become a 3rd round pick.
February 2015 – Jiri Sekac traded to Anaheim Ducks for Devante Smith-Pelly
November 2014 – Rene Bourque traded to Anaheim Ducks for Bryan Allen
November 2014 – Travis Moen traded to Dallas Stars for Sergei Gonchar
October 2014 – Peter Budaj and Patrick Holland traded to Winnipeg Jets for Eric Tangradi
July 2014 – Josh Gorges traded to Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round pick in 2016 previously acquired from Minnesota
June 2014 – Daniel Briere traded to Colorado Avalanche for Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a 5th round pick #131 (Matthew Bradley) in 2015
June 2014 – 3nd round pick #87 (Anton Karlsson) in 2014 and a 4th round pick #117 (Michael Bunting) in 2014 traded to Arizona Coyotes for 3rd round pick #73 (Brett Lernout) in 2014
June 2014 – Louis Leblanc traded to Anaheim Ducks for conditional 5th round pick #148 (Troy Terry – Anaheim) in 2015. Condition was on Leblanc playing 15 games for Anaheim in 2014-15 which he failed to do, so the 5th round pick reverted to Anaheim.
February 2016 – Devante Smith-Pelly traded to New Jersey Devils for Stefan Matteau
February 2016 – Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann traded to Chicago Blackhawks for Phillip Danault and a 2nd round pick in 2018
January 2016 – Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier traded to Arizona Coyotes for Victor Bartley and John Scott
January 2016 – Dustin Tokarski traded to Anaheim Ducks for Max Friberg
December 2015 – Zack Kassian traded to Edmonton Oilers for Ben Scrivens
December 2015 – Christian Thomas traded to Arizona Coyotes for Lucas Lessio
July 2015 – Brandon Prust traded to Vancouver Canucks for Zack Kassian and a 5th round pick in 2016