The Chicago era:
Marc Bergevin isn’t a newcomer in the hockey world. A former defenseman from 1984 to 2004 in the NHL, he played with the Blackhawks, Lightning, Whalers, Islanders, Blues, Red Wings and Penguins and ended his career with the Vancouver Canucks.
But his career didn’t end there. He rejoined the Chicago organisation as a pro scout, assistant coach and as a team’s director of the Personnel where he won the cup with the team in 2010. In 2011, Marc became the Assistant General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Montreal era:
In 2012, Marc joined the Montreal Canadiens as a General Manager and Executive Vice President. At this point, no one didn’t know what to expect. His resume was quite impressive and things turned around pretty quickly once he had full control of the team.
His first additions to the Habs showed he was already building something new, something good: Rick Dudley (assistant GM), Scott Mellanby (Director of Player Personnel), Martin Lapointe (Director of Player Development) and Michel Terrien (Head Coach).
Building something new (trades)
Jan 14th: Brendon Nash traded for Jason DeSantis
Feb 14th: Cedrick Desjardins traded for Dustin Tokarski
Feb 26th: Erik Cole traded for Michael Ryder+3rd round pick
April 2nd: 5th round pick traded for David Drewiske
July 2nd: Danny Kristo traded for Christian Thomas
july 5th: Philippe Lefebre+7th round pick traded for George Parros
Feb 3rd: Raphael Diaz traded for Dale Weise
March 4th: 5th round pick traded for Mike Weaver
March 5th: Future considerations traded for Devan Dubnyk
March 5th: Sebastian Collberg + 2nd round pick traded for Thomas Vanek + 5th round pick
June 14th: Louis Leblanc traded for conditional 5th round pick
June 30th: Daniel Briere traded for Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau + 5th round pick
July 1st: Josh Gorges traded for 2nd round pick
October 5th: Peter Budaj and Patrick Holland traded for Eric Tangrandi
November 11th: Travis Moen traded for Sergei Gonchar
November 20th: Rene Bourque traded for Bryan Allen
February 24th: Jiri Sekac traded for Devante Smith-Pelly
March 2nd: 2nd + 4th round pick traded for Jeff Petry
March 2nd: 5th round pick traded for Brian Flynn
March 2nd: Jack Nevins + 7th round pick traded for Torrey Mitchell
July 1st: Brandon Prust traded for Zack Kassian + 5th round pick
Building something new (key players contracts)
Max Pacioretty: 6years – 4.5m per year
Lars Eller: 4years – 3.5m per year
Carey Price: 6years – 6.5m per year
PK Subban: 8years – 9m per year
David Desharnais: 4years – 3.5m per year
Brendan Gallagher: 6years – 3.75m per year
Jeff Petry: 6years – 5.5m per year
Alexei Emelin: 4years – 4.1m per year
Andrei Markov: 3years – 5.75m per year
Alex Galchenyuk: 2years – 2.8m per year
His fourth season as GM of Montreal Canadiens
Marc Bergevin is already working on his 4th season as a GM for the Montreal Canadiens. At this point, we all know what to expect from him: the best. His passion for hockey is showing season after season. He’s not in Montreal for the fame, the money or women, he is here to win the cup, plain and simple. Let’s embrace the fact that we have him.