First is an interview with Bergevin himself by Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada last night during the second intermission.
François Gagnon in La Presse calls the hiring “a complete break with the sad recent history of the Canadiens,” and focuses on how human Bergevin is compared to his predecessor. He also says Bergevin understands NHLers well, having been one for 20 years. And he speculates Bergevin might hire Rick Dudley or Francois Giguere to be his senior advisor.
Although he supported Pierre McGuire’s candidacy for the GM’s job, Scotty Bowman has some good things to say about Bergervin, specifically his work ethic and his grasp of hockey talent, to Tim Wharnsby of CBC.ca. Bowman and Bergevin worked together with the Blackhawks, although Bowman tells Wharnsby that Serge Savard did not phone him to discuss Bergevin during the hiring process.
Here’s the TSN report on the hiring and afterward the NHL on TSN panel, including a discussion of who Bergevin might hire as coach and the fate of Scott Gomez.
Dave linked to the profile that Chris Kuc from The Chicago Tribune wrote on Bergevin in December, and here’s Kuc’s story on the hiring from today’s Chicago Tribune.
They’re always wary of the Canadiens in Boston, and here’s NESN’s Douglas Flynn worried that Bergevin “might actually know what he’s doing.”
Dale Tallon, who first hired Bergevin in Chicago, told Louis Jean of SportsNet that no one will outwork the new GM. Jean also writes that it was Bergevin’s communication skills that won over Geoff Molson.
The jokester in Bergevin is the subject of this blog post by Mike Halford of NBC.com’s Pro Hockey Talk blog.
And Roy MacGregor of The Globe and Mail says “It’s time to smile again in Montreal.”