Geoff Molson speaks to the media about Canada’s changes and future

Montreal Canadianiens owner and President Geoff Molson met with the media on Monday to talk about the changes being made in the office. Marc Bergevin and the entire management staff have been released, while head coach Dominique Ducharme is retained and Jeff Gorton is hired as President of Hockey Operations.

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Molson began by saying, “I really believe this organization needs a fresh start.” Proposing those changes doesn’t have to come at the player or coach level, he believes the current team is better than their records.

Molson also confirmed that he had single-handedly made the decision to make the major changes and added that he signed a long-term contract with Jeff Gorton. He said that Marc Bergevin did a commendable job but noted that the work itself was potentially too great for one person. He notes, “If I could go back a few years, and know what I know today, I would compliment [Bergevin] with another person. ”

Molson has not closed down on the potential this team will undergo a rebuild. He noted that Gorton and the new GM will decide if a rebuild is necessary, and if so, he will support it if it makes sense for the betterment of Montreal. “I’m not afraid of that word and I think it’s something that our fans aren’t afraid of,” he noted. He added that he hasn’t asked or been authorized to speak to any of the teams about hiring a new GM.

When asked why he thinks Gorton is the right man for the job, he said he looks at the New York Rangers today and says he likes the team Gorton built there. He noted that Gorton also had a great reputation around the NHL and noted that he was extremely impressed by what Gorton had to say. Agreeing that there is a strong reputation for judging talent, he said that Gorton has to do something right if he is to get the brilliant representation he does as the NHL GM.

He also noted that Canada is making an important change by building a medical team dedicated to the mental health of players.

Geoff Molson, owner of Montreal Canada, speaking to the media after the change of management

Bergevin himself release a statement on his release, thank you to everyone who gave him the opportunity to run Canadianiens. He noted that he will publicly say his goal is to reach the knockout stages, but in glee he always approaches the season wanting to “bring the Cup back to Montreal.”

Potential GM Canada candidates

Chris Johnston names Mathieu Darche as a leading candidate to replace Marc Bergevin as the team’s GM. Darche is currently the Director of Hockey Ops for the Lightning. Other names have already been mentioned, including Daniel Briere, Martin Madden Jr., Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo.

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