Canadians in Montreal cleaned the house.
The team announced Sunday afternoon that it has dismissed executive vice president and GM Marc Bergevin to his duties. Assistant GM, Trevor Timmins, and senior vice president of public affairs, Paul Wilson, have also been fired from the organization.
In a corresponding move, the Canadaiens have appointed former New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton to the role of executive vice president of hockey operations.
Gorton previously served as GM of the New York Rangers from 2015 to May 2021 before being fired along with team president John Davidson. Prior to his time with Rangers, Gorton spent 13 years with the Boston Bruins in a variety of roles, including as interim GM in 2005-06.
This Red Sunday is not really a shock.
The Canadian is currently second in the Atlantic Division less than a calendar year after reaching the Stanley Cup final. Despite some flash of competence over the years, the team has never built a sustainable success model with Bergevin at the helm, while the recruiting department, led by Timmins, is presumably the worst division in judging talent in the first round of the entire tournament.
Only two of the Canadaiens’ eight first-round draft picks since 2012 are still with the team today. The sole survivor of the NHL team is Ryan Poehling, who has scored seven goals in 37 games in his career. The other was Logan Mailloux, who the team picked even though his camp had publicly asked teams not to pick him after Mailloux was convicted of a sex crime earlier that year.
Going forward, the Canadians have committed to working in tandem with Gorton to select a new GM that can “communicate with fans in both English and French”, limiting their options when a replacement is needed. before starting the search.
Needless to say, there is never a dull moment in Montreal.
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