NHL Canadian Corner – May 2, 2012.

Canadiens may be ready to announce hire new GM, PK Subban returns from Worlds, Daniel Alfredsson to return to Senators in some capacity, Jay Bouwmeester a winner in international hockey, more on Alexander Burmistrov, and Wayne Gretzky denies a rumor he might get involved with the club.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE/RDS.CA: reports a source claims the Montreal Canadiens will announce the hiring of Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin as their new general manager, selected over former Avalanche GM Francois Giguere, NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire and Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois. If true, I consider this a good choice by the Habs. While Brisebois would’ve been my choice, Bergevin is also an experienced hockey man, most notably with a recent background in management with a successful team.

**UPDATE** Various sources now confirm Bergevin has indeed been hired as the Canadiens new GM. An official announcement is expected from the Canadiens later today.

Subban downplays seriousness of recent knee injury.

CANOE.CA: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has returned to Montreal from the World Hockey Championships having suffered a minor knee injury in an exhibition game, and is expected to be reevaluated in two weeks. Subban took to Twitter last night to calm Habs fans, reiterating it was a minor injury and nothing to worry about.

OTTAWA SUN: If Daniel Alfredsson doesn’t return for another season as team captain, he’ll return in some capacity in the front office or behind the bench.

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester may not have any NHL playoff experience, but he’s had plenty of international experience in championship games, including winning gold medals in the World Hockey Championships, and in the last World Cup of Hockey.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait believes Alexander Burmistrov won’t be playing in Russia next season, but instead could find himself with the Jets farm team in St. John’s.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Wayne Gretzky denied a rumor he might be joining the Canucks in some capacity after he was seen having dinner with Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini a couple of weeks ago.


  1. I’ve been reading lots of positive comments regarding Bergevin. That’s very good for the Canadiens to settle the cloud that’s hung over them from last season. Reading also that he’s well liked/respected by many hockey people which is great too. Can’t wait to hear his direction to take the team and what kind of coach he wants. First order of business: Get Gomez ready for Hamilton. Then sign price/Subban.

  2. Don’t know alot about this GM, but looks to have a good resume and is well liked around the league etc.

    As for Gomez, I think they’ll wait a bit to see if there’s a chance of ‘cap free’ buyout with the new CBA. Otherwise I think they will just bite the bullet and buy him out.

    I don’t think they want him tainting the kids down in Hamilton either. So from another site..


    Gomez is scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2012-13 and $4.5 million in 2013-14. According to Cap Geek:

    Scott Gomez is 32 years old on the buyout date of June 15, 2012, setting the buyout ratio at 2/3 and the total buyout cost at $6,666,667 spread over 4 years. His contract was originally valued at $51,500,000 beginning in 2007 and ending in 2014, with $10,000,000 remaining from the buyout year forward.

    His cap hit breakdown for Montreal, if it bought out the rest of his deal:

    2012-13: $3,523,810
    2013-14: $4,523,810
    2014-15: $1,666,667
    2015-16: $1,666,667

    Last two years aren’t that bad obviously. First 2 are going to sting, but having sent the last 2 years of Cammalari’s contract away, that saved us around 3 mill a year.

    Either way, if this GM is serious about turning the page, it starts with getting Gomez right out of the Montreal system. I think he’s bought with CBA help or not.

  3. Glad to hear that Montreal has finished the selection process for their new GM. I now nothing about Bergevin and his business sense but the Canadiens needed someone to captain the ship into the upcoming draft selections and all the issues that must be dealt with prior to the drop of the puck for next season.

    As a huge fan of Wayne Gretzky I would very much like to see him involved with the Vancouver Canucks in whatever capacity he and Aquilini could agree upon, especially as a general manager. While Gillis has done a good job, I would put Gretzky in there in a heartbeat.
    Who knows what the two were talking about at dinner but I would wager that it concerned the Great One’s impression of the team and what he thought it would take to make it better. Having input from 99 sure can’t hurt, especially if the owner decides that a major shake up is on the Canucks future.

  4. I think 99 and Aquaman were only having friendly banter, and yeah he probably asked for advice, but not to become part of management in some way. I venture to guess that 99 said, frankie, you need a
    guy like me that’ll put up over 200 points per season, that’ll get ya’ the cup!

  5. I really like how Molson handled this whole GM thing. He made sure to contact everybody the the media, English and French, touted as good candidates. Roy and Damphouse were contacted as was McGuire. This way, when they finally picked a GM, people fans would be confident that the right guy got the job.