Like every other Habs fan on the planet, I’m super happy with the choice of the new Montreal Canadiens general manager. Like I said the other day, it’s tough from the outside to judge the qualities of an incoming GM – especially one who’s never held that job before – but we’re all giving Marc Bergevin the benefit of a doubt.
Why? Because he’s not Pierre ‘Chuckles’ Gauthier. Or Bob ‘What About Bob’ Gainey. And best of all, he has no connection whatsoever to those two men, the two guys responsible for creating that team that finished dead-last in the Eastern Conference this season. I’m convinced that’s why Julien Brisebois didn’t make the cut. By all accounts, he’s a brilliant manager, he has loads of experience, but he also spent years in the executive suites of the Canadiens organization working with the firm of G&G. That’s just not something Geoff Molson can’t live with.
Just imagine, all of a sudden, Bob ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’ Gainey starts dropping by the seventh floor of the Bell Centre again, to offer his wit and wisdom. Yikes! No, what the Habs need is electroshock therapy.
That’s why they also need a coach who didn’t work with the ancien regime. So forget Alain Vigneault, Michel Therrien, and Guy Carbonneau.
One other thing – can you believe how media-friendly Bergevin is? There he was joking with the reporters at his introductory press conference and then he made the rounds of all the sports shows. You couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing his homespun chatter on Wednesday – he was live on TVA Sports, on the phone with Mitch Melnick on TSN Radio 990, and even swung by to shoot the you-know-what with the bitter ex-coaches on L’Antichambre. He did more media Wednesday than Gainey and Gauthier did in their entire tenure running the Habs.
Why did G&G refuse to talk to the ink-stained wretches? ‘Cause they had contempt for them. Now I dislike journalists as much as the next guy – hey I know just how odious we are! – but if the folks running one of Quebec’s most important organizations won’t talk to the journalists, it means they won’t talk to the people. And that’s beyond unacceptable. Which has me wondering how former Habs president Pierre Boivin came up with the bright idea of letting these two run the team into the ground. Melnick tweeted me the other day asking just that very question – how is it that Boivin has never been publicly called out for this tragic error of judgement? But I digress…..
Now I hear that Bergevin was at the Tout le monde en parle taping Thursday night. Man that’s something else. Can you imagine Pierre ‘Major Major’ Gauthier daring to answer Guy A. Lepage’s questions?
So for now, it’s all good. I’ve spent the past season in a fury – in this space at least – so this new cheeriness is making me a little uneasy. But worry not readers, I’m sure I’ll find something to rant and rave angrily about fairly soon.