Meet the Habs’ new management team


This morning The Gazette published the first of what will be a weekly Hockey Inside/Out section in print, focusing on the Canadiens’ new management/coaching team.

Pat Hickey wrote features on new GM Marc Bergevin and assistant GM Rick Dudley; Dave Stubbs did a feature on new/old coach Michel Therrien, and Brenda Branswell, a new member of the sports department, wrote stories on new Hamilton Bulldogs coach Sylvain Lefebvre and director of player development Martin Lapointe.

Branswell has been at The Gazette since 2003 and spent the last six years on the education beat – but she knows her hockey. Like most Gazette readers, she grew up watching the Canadiens win six Stanley Cups in the 1970s and is looking forward to her new assignment writing about the team.

Next week we’re planning to focus on the new faces added to the Habs’ on-ice roster during the offseason.

Below are the web links to all the stories from today’s section:

Sports editor Stu Cowan introducing new weekly HIO section:

Hickey on the new GM Bergevin:

Sidebar story on new GM:

Story on new assistant GM Dudley:

Stubbs on the new/old coach Therrien:

Branswell on new Bulldogs coach Lefebvre:

Branswell on new director of player personnel Lapointe:

(Photo by John Kenney)


  1. Habfan17 says:

    John Carlson signs 6 year $23.8 million dollar contract, that bodes well for the Habs. That works out to just under $4 miilion/season as a cap hit. That makes sense.


  2. Habfan17 says:

    John Carlson signs 6 year $23.8 million dollar contract, that bodes well for the Habs. That works out to just ubder $4 miilion/season as a cap hit. That makes sense.


  3. Habfan17 says:

    It seems Doan has resigned in Phoenix for 4 years at @21.2 million. Way too much at 36 and again the owners prove that they need to be saved from themsleves by the players. Maybe the number is high because the owners know they will claw back salaries with the new CBA.


  4. HabsWinn-ipeg says:

    According to Forbes 12 teams made a combined profit of 252.6 million in 2010-11 (Toronto/NYR/Montreal accoutn for 170.9 million). The remaining 18 teams lost a combined 126.1 million.

    Owners are the only ones risking losing money. They make an investment in a team and want to see a return on that investment. If things go bad they lose money. If things go bad for the players they still make what they sign for. I don’t like Bettman, but what I see is the owners being the ones who take all the risk.

    You can talk about the players taking a physical risk and the hardships on family etc, which is real, but they also get paid more per year on average than most of us will make in a lifetime ($2.44 million I believe).

    The average nhl career is 5-6 years. Even a 4th liner earning minimum salary would make over 3 million at that rate. I realize that number is skewed by some who play 10/12/15 + years, but when you get right down to it, players make a lot of money over a short amount of time with no financial risk to themselves.

    Owners take all the financial risk. If the players suck (hello Scott…) they still get their money. I think the owners are idiots in the way that they hand out contracts, but once a CBA is signed the owners become competitors for talent, sometimes to the detriment of the league itself. I can understand why they want a bigger cut in the revenue – doesn’t make me like Bettman any better though.

    • commandant says:

      A few Things

      1) Forbes is publishing operating income…. Operating Income is NOT equal to profit/loss. Not the same thing. Too many exclusions such as tax advantages of owning a team, Capital Gains, Depreciation of assets, and other major financial issues.

      2) Forbes is producing estimates. These guys are financial writers who take one week out of every year to write about the NHL. Thats it. They are not experts on the business of hockey, nor do they have access to the private books of these private business entities. Nor are these figures a matter of public record. As a result, real court filings such as those made in the bankruptcies of the Phoenix Coyotes and in the bankruptcy of the Dallas Stars have shown that Forbes is Notoriously Inaccurate in their yearly estimates. Sale prices of franchises (such as the recent sale of the LA Dodgers which was for 2.5-3 times the amount Forbes had valued them at) show that when a real financial advisor has a chance to fully examine the books, the estimated numbers by Forbes are inaccurate.

      3) The Players take numerous risks as well. Risks to their health that no owner takes. Careers are short and can be ended in an instant.

      4) No fan bought a ticket to see Ed Snider, Geoff Molson, Jeremy Jacobs or any other team owner. They do buy tickets to see the players.

      5) Scott Gomez, and every other player out there never held a gun to an owner’s head and asked for their contract. Those contracts were offered by the owners. If they offer to pay them, why should he be blamed for accepting.

      6) The Owners became owners by earning money in other businesses and being successful business people. They understand how to operate a business, how to give out contracts for employees and management, how to pay for goods and market them to the public, and do so in a free market economy while making billions every day. Why can’t they be proper business people in a free market NHL? Why do they need the artificial restrictions of a salary cap to control their own spending? Why can’t they properly budget and manage risks in sports? Why do they always need to be saved from themselves?

      Go Habs Go!
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  5. habsnyc says:

    Is Subban going to go straight from his entry level three year deal to a six year deal? Both Pax and Price singed interim two year deals before getting their longer term deals.

    Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

  6. ont fan says:

    Keenan talking about trades…GM’s make trades that nobody thinks it wasn’t put out there for other teams to make offers. He said of the Thornton deal to SJ, he had a deal in Florida to Boston, Luongo for Thornton.His owner nixed it at the last minute because of the money differential.

  7. commandant says:

    For PK, at least now we have a comparable. It should be a lot easier to get a deal done now that one of the four contracts has fallen.

    I could see PK, Del Zotto, and Kulikov all signing before midnight tomorrow.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Chrisadiens says:

      I think you’re right Ben. I took the liberty of sending McPhee a fruit basket in both our names. I hope that’s ok.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • christophor says:

      If given the same term, PK should get a good amount more. An extra UFA year eaten (if I’m not mistaken), more TOI, better points production.

      I’d be trilled with 5.5 or less over 6 years but many here scream ‘over-payment’ on many a reasonable contract.

      • commandant says:

        I agree PK is the better player and should get more. Also factor in Montreal taxes and give him 4.5-4.75 million per season.

        But at least this sets up a comparable player and comparable salary, something we didn’t have before when people were trying to say Eberle, or Hall or Seguin were comparables. It was apples to oranges.

        Go Habs Go!
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    • habsnyc says:

      But is Montreal planning to give Subban a long term deal right off his entry level deal? There is no point to a lockout if owners keep awarding long term contracts to sophomores.

      Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

      • commandant says:

        15 teams have given 10 players deals of 6 years or more since July 1st.

        Montreal is one of those teams and did it for 2 players, one of whom was drafted the same year (and is just a few months older than PK).

        Go Habs Go!
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  8. jeffhabfan says:

    DONOT trade P.K. All the storios yesterday were awesome.The new front office I feel is strong. The CBA talks are sad it looks like no hockey this year.GO BULLS GO.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Roger that Jeff!
      Looks like the Belleville Bulls will be the club to watch this year. But don’t forget the Hamilton Dogs. They are playing a preseason game in Colburg I understand.

  9. BC HAB says:

    Give Subban 4 mil per year for six years. He is better than Carlson. Even 4.5 is worth it. I will be so pissed if a deal isn’t done today.

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