I realize that right off the bat the title of this posting probably looks a little silly but stick with me here. Yesterday as I was in the gym I had NHL home ice streaming to my phone while I was working out and by chance ended up hearing Montreal’s announcement about Marc Bergevin being named the GM of the Canadiens. If you happened to listen to the announcement you may have been taken a bit by surprise that he first presented his comments in French and then in English. For those of you unfamiliar with how things work in Habs territory, you can pretty much forget about getting ANY respect in that system if you don’t speak French, so good on the Montreal native for honoring that right.
Bergevin, like Doug Wilson, played in the National Hockey League for many years and brings a unique perspective to the struggling Canadiens, a team that Doug Wilson’s brother Murray Wilson, played for from 1972-1978. So really the only thing that DW has in common with Montreal is his brother and the fact that he shares a GM title for a struggling team facing coaching issues and impending restructuring.
Where do the GM’s go from here? Doug and Marc both face criticisms of their respective teams but stand on opposite spectrums…Doug with years of experience as a GM and Marc untried and very green in the world of NHL GM’s. Montreal seems very confident in Marc’s abilities, and while DW has a vote of confidence from the hockey community, that sentiment is not always mirrored among Sharks fans. Personally I want to see DW bring the Sharks back to being a contending team, and I believe he can…the question is though, will Marc Bergevin breathe life back into the Habs before DW finds success in San Jose?