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Bergevin’s First Mistake


It had to happen sooner or later. Bergevin had to make a wrong move at one point. After all, he’s not perfect.

I just didn’t think it would be a mistake of this proportion. The definition of “rookie mistake” or more simply put: “idiocy” is the only way I can classify this faux-pas.

I had so much confidence in the new GM. He took a few good steps forward and then one huge step backwards.

I was on the fence about the Canadiens hiring a previous coach. To be honest I would’ve preferred to see the rumors of a Carbonneau/Robinson tandem come to fruition. This one could only go wrong.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Habs look to their past when hiring a new head-coach. They did so with Claude Ruel to name but one (1968-70 & 1979-81), his second stint only lasting 130 games. So if this is any indication of coaches coming back to Montreal, Therrien shouldn’t be here too long.

While Therrien’s nick name is “The Bulldog” and he is self-described to be an intense coach, I don’t think he has the oomph to help the Habs gain the respect that they have lost throughout the league.
Michel lost his job in Montreal after leading the Habs to a 77-77-37 record between 2000 and 2003 he then coached the Penguins but was replaced by Bylsma after 57 games and hasn’t coached since.

Not a good sign if you ask me.

He must have said all the right things in interviews to convince Habs brass to hire him. He has done nothing that could’ve helped him be a better coach. His only involvement in NHL hockey since the Pens has been as a Pro Scout for the Minnesota Wild.

The guys at RDS must be happy with the news. They’ve been pushing for Michel Therrien since Jacques Martin got fired. I just hope they were right.

But I doubt it.

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2 comments on “Bergevin’s First Mistake

  1. Problem is the very small list of candidates because of the demand for a french speaking coach. Don’t blame Bergevin, blame the Montreal media/fanbase for putting language first. Therrien has decent credentials plus has the experience of dealing with the Montreal spotlight. Just wish Montreal would start looking for the best guys, instead of the best bilingual guys…

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