Why is Marc Bergevin getting a free ride on the Daniel Brière deal?

Posted: July 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Marc Bergevin remains the Teflon Man. Nothing sticks to him.

Or is he rather The Honeymooner? As in, apparently the honeymoon is not over.

I’m just surprised that the Habs GM has gotten off remarkably lightly from the local media peanut gallery following his decision late last week to pick up Danny Brieèe for two seasons at $4 million per season. A few days in, I feel even less good about this deal.

It smells badly of a panic move – the hallmark of the G&G era – following the loss of Vincent Lecavalier to the Philadelphia Flyers. Is Brière the answer to the Habs’ problems? Not by any stretch of the imagination.

I’ve already mentioned the size issue in a previous blog. Brière might fit in well on a big team but the Canadiens are many things but ‘big’ is not one of them. David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Brendan Gallagher. La question qui tue – with the addition of wee Daniel Brière, are the Habs now the team in the League with the smallest forwards? We used to think of the Habs as The Lord of the Rings because of their Cup-winning ways but that moniker is taking on a whole new meaning for this era’s Habs.

But it’s not just about size. It’s also about Brière’s declining production. Six goals in 34 games last season, 16 in 70 games the season before. Then there’s the injury history. Two straight seasons with concussions. Those two things have led to no small amount of trade rumours re Brière over the past year but there were no takers prior to his buyout.

And were there really that many suitors for Brière’s services last week? It certainly didn’t sound like there were, based on what we heard on the rumour mill. I heard there may have been a couple of offers for much less money. And do you think Michel Therrien is happy with this acquisition? You think the kindly ol’ coach was looking for another small aging forward to add to his line-up?

So why are the columnists giving Bergevin a free ride on this. First it was Francois Gagnon in La Presse and Monday even Jack Todd went on record saying he thought it was a good deal for the Habs. I’ve been loving Jack’s columns over the past couple of years but I have to respectfully disagree with him here.

I think the journalists are hiding their daggers for the moment simply because Marc Bergevin is not Pierre Gauthier. The media so disliked Gauthier and Gauthier so disliked them, and the ink-stained wretches are just enjoying covering a Habs GM who actually talks to them and even cracks jokes with them.

Look, at the end of the day, I hope I’m wrong on this, that Brière suddenly comes back to life and starts potting goals right, left and centre for the Habs. I’m also hoping to win the lottery. (Eds. note: You might start by buying tickets pal!

– Brendan



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