Bergevin is GM; Gomez unaware of a buyout

Marc Bergevin

Marc Bergevin.
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AUDIO: Geoff Molson | Marc Bergevin I, II and III

The Canadiens have their new general manager. He’s  Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin, whom the team introduced at a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Brossard.

Team owner Geoff Molson described the Bergevin hiring as “the first step toward creating a winning culture” on the club.

Molson frequently alluded to Bergevin’s leadership qualities, communication skills and commitment to winning.

The new GM was understandably reluctant to get specific about player personnel decisions, such as the future of Scott Gomez.

Bergevin listed his priorities as hiring a new coach, signing restricted free agents Carey Price and P.K. Subban and preparing for the June draft, where the Canadiens will have the third overall choice … although Bergevin would not rule out trading the pick if, in his judgement, the move would improve the club.

Bergevin said director of scouting and player development Trevor Timmins will “definitely be at the draft table.”

Assistant general manager Larry Carrière will remain with the team in an undefined role.

And Bergevin’s first phone was to Randy Cunneyworth. The GM considers Cunneyworth one of the team’s assistant coaches, pending the hiring of a new head coach, who will choose his own assistants.

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The Chicago Tribune was first out of the blocks with a report in a 2:15 am ET blog item today that the Canadiens would name Blackhawks assistant GM Bergevin Montreal’s new GM. The Tribune attributed the report to a source. TSN and multiple sources later confirmed the news and the Habs made it official shortly after 8:30 am.

Bergevin and NBC analyst Pierre McGuire were apparently leading the race for the job, the candidate pool seemingly having shallowed in the past week.

This morning, Sports Illustrated’s Mike Farber told CJAD that McGuire was informed in the past hour (6:30-7:30 am ET) that McGuire was runner-up in the race, so that pretty much seals the deal. And Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois told both CJAD and RDS that he’s received the call to tell him he was not the chosen one.

Sportsnet reports this morning that Scott Gomez’s contract is likely to be bought out.

This morning, by text message, Gomez told Hockey Inside/Out that he knew nothing of a buyout: “As I’ve said before, that’s a management decision,” Gomez texted. “I only worry about what I can control and I’m already in the gym getting ready for next season. That’s my only focus. I’ll let the media focus on rumours and debate what (the Canadiens) should or shouldn’t do.”

Here’s a Chicago Tribune profile of Bergevin from last December by Chris Kuc, who broke the story this morning. Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisKuc.

In the story, Kuc relates one of prankster Bergevin’s best:

“…which he pulled off while playing for the Blues. He worked with a St. Louis newspaper reporter to concoct a fake story that put Blues GM Larry Pleau in a bad light. Bergevin had the story inserted into the team’s daily clippings, and after Pleau read it, he angrily confronted the reporter before Bergevin revealed he was the culprit.”

Canadiens official release received at 9:40 am ET:

From the Blackhawks’ 2011-12 media guide:

Habs GM history, from their 2011-12 media guide:

Below, in 2002 with St. Louis. © Tom Pidgeon, NHLI via Getty Images

TV interview in French, 1992:


  1. habstrinifan says:

    Congatulations to Marc Bergevin. The process was long and arduous and apparently thorough and for many reasons, you must have been picked as the best candidate. As a habs fan I welcome you and hope to hear you loTs on the radio and TV renewing our excitement about being a Hab fanatic.

    I cannot help but say thank you for have a deep love and respect for my HABS. And that you had an earnest belief that you could have brought a great deal of success to our franchise. I respect your class in the way you conducted yourself throughout the entire process. It could not have been easy being in the public eye and keeping everything bottled up.

    As someone who aches with anxiety for our future myself, I know how you must now be aching because you wanted to be here so bad to ‘help’. I hope that you withstand this shock and regain your aplomb and enthusiasm in your successful TV career. Thank you.

    Again congratulations to Mr Bergevin and I know that we are all pulling for your major success in this new challenge.

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  2. AllHailTheFlower says:

    My two cents (or perhaps less) on the “Burying vs. Buying Out Gomez” issue:

    Yes, fiscally it makes more sense to bury Gomez in the minors, leave him riding the bus and playing with and against kids 10 or more years his junior, and relieve the Habs of his burdensome cap hit.

    But maybe this is more about moving away from the Pierre “Sure You Can Have Your Jersey, If You Pay For It” Gauthier era, and showing a 13-year NHL veteran a little respect. Yes, I know Gomez and his albatross of a contract were an endless source of frustration over unrealized potential and almost non-existent contribution. But do you respond to injury with insult, and humiliate the man further by exiling him to the minors? Or do you take the high road and hand that man a cheque and his walking papers, and say, “Sorry it didn’t work out here, good luck in the future” and put the whole issue to rest once and for all?

    Maybe I’m being overly sentimental, but I’d rather the team just sever ties with Gomez altogether and move forward.

    • Ali says:

      If there were no salary cap implications, then I would agree. But this is a business, and to have a 4 million cap hit for a player who could be playing for someone else just does not make sense.

    • Clay says:

      He showed no respect for the team – why should the team respect him? Dragging his ass for years as a Hab – just disgraceful. Bury him I say, and no regrets.

      ☞ “Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

  3. HabinBurlington says:

    In light of last nights conversations regarding AK and Radulov here is an article from Mark Spector of Sportnet.

    • shiram says:

      With the Kusnetov deal, and now this, it certainly paints a bleak picture for Russian players.
      It’s also interesting to see the KHL is stealing steam from the NHL.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Good Morning HB
      If I offended you last night my apologies. I still stick by the essence of my posts, but I do respect your opinion and enjoy the debate.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Good Morning hf84, I am guilty of over reacting sometimes. No offence taken and always enjoy the debates. I am actually far from a politically correct guy in general.


  4. punkster says:


    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Just came out of the washroom did ya?

      • punkster says:

        Heh…apart from 2 possible dumbass choices I wasn’t overly concerned about who they’d pick. But there was a certain amount of angst on here the past few days and I could see it escalating to an all out Price-Halak type war if certain choices had been made. I doubt Bergevin will generate too much hate…for now. Give him a season or so though…;)

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  5. DarthAlexander says:

    If Gomez is actually going to be bought out then they must really have had it with the guy if they don’t want him within a 1,000 miles of the team or the farm club.

    We can all hope Toronto picks him up so we can have a few laughs.

    Least the number 11 will be free for Gallagher.

    “We only have one person to blame, and that’s each other.” – Berry Beck

    • Clay says:

      It should be retired for our second longest serving captain.

      ☞ “Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Sportsnet seems to have clarified its buyout report. Now they are reporting that there is no timetable as to when the buyout will occur. Perhaps Louis Jean should get his ears checked, sounds like he found out the team plans on getting rid of Gomez and his contract and misinterpreted the buyout part of the conversation.

  7. boonie says:

    I hope the Gomez buyout rumor is false or indicative of a pending change under the new CBA. Other teams (Toronto, Edmonton, the Rangers – repeatedly) bury their mistakes in the minors or abroad to spare cap charges. Certainly, we have the financial resources to take a slightly larger expense in exchange for cap room.

    • habsnyc says:

      Does Gomez have a no movement clause? He waived the no trade clause to come to Montreal.

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

  8. habsnyc says:

    Marc Bergevin has one year experience as an assistant GM, no background in contract law or accounting and a tenuous grasp of the salary cap. Buying out Gomez now is premature. Other options may develop over the summer.

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

    • boonie says:

      The cap is only one facet of a GM’s responsibility – a single, critical, but highly technical component. Lawyers, accountants and skilled negotiators are tailored made for this task. But, those skills are not always paired with managing an organization, identifying talent, developing players and putting the right people in the right places to succeed.

      A truly savvy, modern GM knows to hire a technician to handle the cap. The NFL is a few years of cap management ahead of the NHL and certain NFL teams recognize the importance of that role and have specialists do that job.

      I presume Bergevin is smart enough to hire the right people for the right roles – including an expert to manage our cap and maximize our ample financial resources.

      • habsnyc says:

        Sure. Which is why I think someone who has one year of experience as an assistant and zero years experience putting together such a team has their work cut out for them. If Bergevin needs specialists to help him, does he have the clout, experience and confidence to properly manage them?

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

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      First, why do you say he has a tenuous grasp of the salary cap? It isn’t even that complicated.

      Second, not being a lawyer is, in every situation other than the practice of law, a considerable advantage.

      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

      • habsnyc says:

        Because in an interview, Stan Bowman said that Bergevin admitted to not having a complete grasp of the salary cap.

        “Like Marc Bergevin, our new assistant general manager. Not every player who played 20 years in the NHL is willing to put on a jacket and tie and report to work for a completely different career, but he’s been building toward this. He’s got an eye for talent, he’s got great people skills, and he wants to grow. He is honest in admitting that he doesn’t have a complete grasp of numbers and the salary cap, but he doesn’t say, “Oh, I can’t do that.” He takes it as a challenge to learn it. The sky is the limit for Marc.”

        I did not use the word lawyer, I said “background in contract law or accounting.” Plenty of people have experience in aspects of law, without being lawyers, just as many people have understandings of accounting without being CPA’s.

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

    • Chickenfisher says:

      Hmmm. Twenty years a player, an assistant coach in the Show, three years scouting talent, a year of head scout, director of player personnel and inthe GM’s office as assistant GM.

      Looks like a guy who can asses talent. Contract law, cap manipulation, calculation and accounting wizardry is for the hired help.

      Nice to see a negatory attitude for openers.

      Would you prefer some hot head goalie with no legal, cap space or accounting background and no office experience in the Show?? Maybe a broadcaster to savage in advance of the season?

      Good thing you have absolutely no influence on decision making for the club.

      • habsnyc says:

        Until now, he has been the hired help.

        I would prefer a person with prior success in the position of GM or signficiant experience as an assistant GM. Scouting is for the hired help. The GM does not spend his nights in rinks around the world watching prospects 99% of whom never play for the organization.

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

  9. shiram says:

    I have not followed the GM race much, I have not read up on the people that were running for it.
    Let’s see how this Bergevin guy goes about business and we can discuss his moves then.

    Head coach will be the next big piece.

  10. Cal says:

    Press conference this afternoon. Still awaiting when, but likely at 2PM Eastern.

  11. Gumper Knows Best says:

    Gomez buyout or Hamilton?

    Looks like it’s really easy for some people to spend the millions of other people’s money.

    Gomez is owed $10 million in salary for the next 2 years. $5.5 this year and $4.5 next year. If they send him to Hamilton or lend him to a European club for the next 2 years, the Habs still have to pay him the FULL salary, but they don’t count the cap hit of $7,357,143 for the next 2 years.

    If they buy him out they only have to pay him 2/3 of the remaining salary in equal payments over 4 years, not 2 years, means $1,666,667 a year. Molson would save $3,333,333 in salary

    There will still be a cap hit for the next 4 years with the buyout.

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

    Thank you Cap Geek

    • boonie says:

      Molson can afford the extra $3+ million. In fact, he owes us the money for filling the building and buying the team’s merch for enduring the pathetic on-ice product and off-ice embarrassments.

      • mrhabby says:

        owes us the money…thats a stretch.

      • RGM says:

        It’s not at all a question of whether Molson can afford it. It’s a question of absorbing a salary cap hit that is the equivalent of a pretty darn good player for a good to not be on the team. Think of the salary cap as a pie – each division in the pie is a piece of pie that can’t be given somewhere else. $4.5M is a pretty noticeable slice of a $64M pie to just toss into the garbage. That’s why the preference is and always has been to demote or trade Gomez and use that money to sign a legit top-six forward.

        GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
        “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

        Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I believe the profitable teams have to cover the losses of the sad sack franchises in the US south.

      So paying Gomez not to play might cost less than we think if it reduces the team’s profits.

      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

      One thing I have yet to find is an explanation as to why the buyout cap hit would be higher in the first 2 years. Can anybody explain this to me, because I am quite curious.

      • RGM says:

        Best explanation: “On a buyout, the team takes a cap hit for a percentage of the buyout value (according to a very complex formula) spread over twice the length of the remaining contract years.”

        That “very complex formula” is why the figures vary.
        GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
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  12. habfan53 says:

    Just wondering. The Chicago Tribune gets credit for breaking the story but I started watching “Antichambre” last night he they were already talking as if Bergeron was G.M.
    They were giving their opinions one what had to be done and were suggesting that he bring in Rick Dudley as an assistant.
    Trouble was I could not find any confirmation .
    So maybe the “Trib” was just confirming what was already being said on RDS.

    Another thing I would not be surprised to see Denis Savard named as coach.

    Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

  13. boonie says:

    Sorry, I wrote this up and then read the much more important headline. Bergevin seemed like an excellent choice from what I read.

    Pens trade Crosby… ok. sure. it didn’t actually happen. But, before you dismiss the notion as the sleep-deprived ramblings of a toddler’s dad, hoped up on non-organic snack foods and Red Bull, consider the following…

    1. The Pens played better without Crosby. I don’t know how it happened. Some combination of quantum hockey stuff. Malkin plays better. Better system. Who the h-e-double-hockey-sticks knows, but some real analysts believe it. Is Washington a better team when Hunter reduces Ovi’s playing time?

    2. Crosby missed lots of games due to concussion-like symptoms. Yep, it turned to be a vertebrae thing and not a concussion. But yikes that’s a lot of risk for…

    3. A player due to become a UFA after next season. If you’re Shero, what do you pay Sid THIS OFFSEASON? There’s a new CBA coming into affect that could change the cap and the rules. And, if Shero doesn’t sign Sid the Kid, Shero risks a playing 2012-13 campaign where the game’s biggest star could walk for nothing (see: Weber, Shea).

    4. Oh yeah and the clichéd “Gretzky got traded.” Wayne at age 28. Sid turns 25 this August. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

    Now, if you’re still intrigued enough to keep reading, who picks him up and what do they give up?

    Obviously, I’d like him with us.

    But trying to stay objective about this, I’d say it should be a big market team, one with another young scoring star (*cough* Max Pacioretty *cough*), one with a legit shot at the Cup, one that has Cap room and a team owner willing to spend (Crosby ain’t signing a cheap renewal) – preferably all of the above. And, a team that can give up real value to get Crosby.

    To recap, LA traded Jimmy Carson (37 goals as rookie, 55 goals in year two — think Stamkos at that point in his career) and a then-18 year old Martin Gelinas (CHL player of the year), a boat load of cash and first round picks in ’89, ’91 and ’93.

    I’ve got to think Pittsburgh has to get three firsts and a serious prospect to even consider this.

    We have prospects (but giving up a PK or a Beaulieu would hurt). We have picks. We’re a big market. Sid wants to play here. We could make it happen. Our Cup viability would leap considerably. Bury Gomez in the minors. Jettison Markov and Voila – cap space. Would you make this deal? Crosby with Cole and Patches. Hmmmm…

    But, my money is on Detroit. Lidstrom retires. Even Ken Holland doesn’t believe the blog-o-sphere nonsense that 31 year-old Niklas Kronwall is his heir apparent. They need a new star to keep things going. Sid gets a winning franchise, reasonable Cup chances (more so with him), and a big market close to Canada. Detroit picks toward the end of rounds, so giving up three first may not hurt them as much as say — us. They have Nyquist and Brendan Smith.

    The NHL loves the deal because the league gets oodles of press and puts a big star in a key market. New York has the Rangers playing well. LA has the surprising Kings. Chicago won a Cup a couple of years back. Philly is playing well. That’s four of the largest US markets covered. Detroit is HockeyTown, USA and gets national coverage. The only better place from a league perspective (arguably) is Dallas – a top 5 US market with a non-playoff team and no buzz.

    Now, that’s an offseason to think about; or at least one induced by the aforementioned poor diet and lack of sleep.

    • smiler2729 says:

      It all makes sense to me and I could see it happening but it won’t.

      Calling it like it is:
      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

    • Habitforming says:

      It’s nice to say that we could do it and throw out names like Subban and Beaulieu and then follow it up with some top picks for a few years. That at least is something to speculate on. Throwing Detroit out there as the “most likely” option is great in theory, but you didn’t list the A-list prospects they would have to move (Of which they have zero with the same potential of Subban or Beaulieu) and then they can add some picks in the late 20’s and it becomes something Pitts would even consider?

      Your reasoning for the Wings has merit, but they can’t come close with the cost associated (hence why you couldn’t list a plausable trade)

    • Cal says:

      ” 2. Crosby missed lots of games due to concussion-like symptoms. Yep, it turned to be a vertebrae thing and not a concussion. But yikes that’s a lot of risk for…”

      Price has a concussion and mentioned his spine was compressed.

      Crosby, pre-injury, was the best player in the league. Now? Who can say? I more big hit and is he done? Or will his career end with one small bump at a time? Crosby pays a physical game and he is in the heart of the action. Is he now still durable enough to play the role?

  14. SuperHabFan says:

    Didn’t Gomez promise he would be better this year?

  15. Clay says:

    Well, good news – that’s the horse I was backing, given my admittedly limited information.
    But buying out Gomez? Why? He should ride the buses in Hamilton instead of costing us [too much] in the way of a cap hit.
    Was Gomez the worst trade ever for the Habs? It certainly could be argued that it was, and we’ve seen some awful ones (See Roy).

    ☞ “Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

    • adesbarats says:

      I would guess it was a purely financial reason. Buying him out saves 3.3 million (see Gumper’s post above).

      • Clay says:

        Yes, but in a cap league the hit could cost us a good player. Can’t afford to have it on the books. Hamilton is the only viable solution, unless he agrees to go to Europe.

        ☞ “Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

  16. mrhabby says:

    i don’t really get buying him out. this will be the 1st question in the press conference.

    bergevin seems to be the the best all around candidate…its a very good hire as they seem to have left no stone unturned.

  17. EricInStL says:

    Wow George Kennedy as GM in 1910-1921 what a guy, I remember how he used to go to the GM meetings and kick butt. Like this time….

    If Bergevin is half the man George was, he’ll be a keeper.

  18. Zorro1 says:

    One of the first questions Bergevin will be asked at news conference(aside from Gomez) will be:”Is Patrick Roy a candidate for HC?”

  19. smiler2729 says:

    I’m satisfied with Bergy as I would’ve been had it been McGuire, Mackasey and any of the candidates.

    For all the McGuire bashers, you people do realise the only reason you slag him is because of his appearance (I’ve read all kinds of names like Mr.Peanut) and his on-air TV personna.

    Admit it or not, he has just as much experience in the NHL as Bergevin and the rest.

    Calling it like it is:
    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

    • commandant says:

      Why are you still pumping McGuire’s tires.

      As for his NHL experience, he hasn’t worked for a team in 15 years. His experience is as old as Serge Savard’s.

      I’m very happy we didn’t go with him.

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      • smiler2729 says:

        Not “pumping McGuire’s tires”, just pointing out the sophomoric pettiness at the constant criticism of the guy. He knows his stuff, like it or not.

        Bergevin’s a great hire, like the other candidates he’s fresh blood a la Ray Shero and Peter Schiarelli. I’m glad we don’t have a tired retread like Brian Burke.

        Calling it like it is:
        Jack Edwards is a clam.
        Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

        • commandant says:

          Yup he knows that

          “Carey Price’s pick was straight off the Reservation”
          “The Habs will regret picking Ryan McDonagh over Angelo Esposito”
          “Max Pacioretty will be a great third liner, he reminds me of Mike McPhee”
          “The Hawks have two stud centres in Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland… Tomas Plekanec doesn’t compare to Dave Bolland”
          “Justin Pogge is the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs in net”

          and numerous others he doesn’t remind you about.

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          • smiler2729 says:

            And Sam Pollock drafted Peter Lee and Cam Connor… Serge Savard traded Chris Chelios for an old Denis Savard… Cam Neely was deemed expendable in Vancouver… 20 teams passed on Claude Giroux… Daniel Briere was put on waivers by Phoenix… the list goes on.

            You don’t make mistakes in your perfect life?

            Calling it like it is:
            Jack Edwards is a clam.
            Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

          • commandant says:

            And those guys are held accountable for their mistakes.

            Pierre sits on the radio and tells Melnick how smart he is. Pontificates his 7 point plan, tells him how he would do things differently, brings up all his correct predictions and criticizes everyone else’s mistakes. But never gets taken to task on his own.

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          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Maybe you could list some of the times he was prescient or insightful then.

            Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Nice post Smiler. I think this one will be tough to swallow for McGuire. I had the feeling this was his dream job. Who knows….maybe he’ll get another chance one day, but I hope not for a while because I wish Bergevin all the success in the world!

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Stormin says:

      Never can understand all the hated for Pierre McGuire, that said he sure did sound low in his morning interview on TSN1050 only minutes after receiving call from Geoff Molson.

      Like I said earlier not easy to go through the interview process and fail. been there done that. That said Pierre does have a job that pays him near 1M to be a hockey analyst he should be fine.

  20. Ali says:

    If his first move is to buy out Gomez instead of burying him then I’m already calling for him to be fired. (kidding…but it would be a stupid move)

  21. Habsrule1 says:

    Despite what some may think, I’m happy with the choice. I would have been happy with any choice because I really believe the Habs were thorough in their process.
    The only thing that bothers me is I know many will still think Pierre McGuire would have been a horrible choice despite it coming down to the wire between him and Bergevin.
    Buying out Gomez would be an awesome first move to get fans on Bergevin’s side!
    So excited to hear about the coach next!!

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hey bud, glad you like the choice. I will admit I am one of those that still thinks it would have been terrible if McGuire was hired, but that is now in the past as he wasn’t hired.

      Now I can go back to just being annoyed at his idiosyncrasies on TV.

      Evidently Pierre did come close to getting the job which surprised me. What I will say is if he really wants to become a GM in this league he needs to take an Asst. GM role somewhere for a year or two.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        We can agree on that. I think it likely came down to Pierre’s lack of recent experience. The problem is that he would have likely even taken a pay cut to become the Habs GM, so Assistant GM is not likely unless he wants to be GM really, really badly.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  22. VintageFan says:

    Excellent hire. Now Serge can go back to the crypt, and St. Patrick can go back to Quebec City and Bergevin can hire his own coach

    what goes around comes around!

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Now I want Roy as coach. Who are some of the preferred choices here? Crawford? Hartley? Therrien? Carbo?

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

      • Clay says:

        The BEST one – not the best French speaking one. Success has to be the first priority now.
        At least, that’s my hope. We’ll see if the reality matches up.

        ☞ “Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

    • smiler2729 says:


      Calling it like it is:
      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

  23. commandant says:

    If anyone still cares we did do a profile today.

    Andrei Vasilevski the Russian Goalie from the World Juniors.

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  24. habfan53 says:

    Excellent choice. He was my second choice the first being a pipe dream of getting Dale Tallon. But then Marc has Tallons fingerprints all over him. Tallon hired him as Head of pro scouting, then with Quenneville took him behind the bench for a year and finally named him head of player personnel which he was when they won the cup. He moved up to Assistant G.M. after Dale left.
    My third choice would have been Julien Brisebois but I guess he still had to much Gainey and Gauthier on him.

    Bergevin I think will be a breath of fres air I’ve seen a couple of interviews of him in the past and he likes to keep it light but showed he knew what he was talking about …very knowledgable.
    I also think the media should be prepared I think he will have some fun with them.

    Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

    • JF says:

      Good point about the relationship between Bergevin and Dale Tallon. I would have loved to get Dale Tallon, but I knew it wasn’t going to happen. Marc Bergevin was my next choice. Pierre McGuire being runner-up is a puzzler; Savard’s comment when he was brought in (something about golf) really seemed like a dismissal. As for BriseBois, he also might have been a good choice, but it’s probably better to leave the Gainey-Gauthier era completely behind.

      There must better ways to dump Scott Gomez’s contract than buying him out. His cap-hit would still count at half the rate for the next four years, unless there is a clause in the new CBA allowing outright buyouts.

    • boonie says:

      Tallon would have been my pick, but we waited a year too long for him. Bergevin seems like an excellent choice.

  25. ABHabsfan says:

    I really can’t put a lot of stock in this report about buying out Gomez when the rules for buy-outs have not yet been set , new CBA needs to be negotiated. Could be that buy-outs are not even permitted anymore, could be you can just out-right release a guy like the NFL. Until the deal (CBA) is done, foolish to speculate or report

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  26. Bill H says:

    Team 990 reports that Bob Mckenzie says if our new GM buys out Scott Gomez, then he should resign in shame. I agree. There is no reason for the team to be burdened with the cap hit of Gomez for 4 more years. He earned his spot in Hamilton. The club can afford to pay his salary. And who knows, maybe he will be a valuable asset in Hamilton.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I’ll go a step further and say that he’ll be ‘loaned’ to another organization, like the Oilers did with Sheldon Souray, so his sour mindset doesn’t pollute the recruits about their future team.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Scott Gomez could do wonders to the economy in Hamilton, and I have nice basement open for renters which I could give Scotty a good deal on. Heck I will even let Scotty come to my bar up the street and pay my bill every night and to show I am a nice guy, I will let Scotty drive my truck after said nights of drinking.

  27. Le Jadester says:

    So……..does anyone think he’ll bring AK back this summer ?

    Habs, OLE !

  28. Montreal1993 says:

    This is all purely speculation, lets wait and see what the details really are, marc hasn’t even had his press conference yet, lets wait and see the true details.

  29. canada4l says:

    Are the Canadiens even able to buy out Gomez? I believe if you end the season on IR that you are unable to be bought out. I hope Gomer ends up in the minors instead of being rewarded with a buy out for his lack of play.

  30. HabsFanMTL says:


  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Methinks Louis Jean is trusting the wrong source in his report. Is Louis aware that PG is no longer GM?

  32. HankHardball says:

    Is that Bergevin’s 1st move? Buying out Gomez?
    Doesn’t that leave the team with a 4yr cap hit at 3.5 to 4 mil per?
    Instead of zero cap hit by sending him to the Dogs?

    It’s gotta be bullshit. I can’t believe Bergevin, or anybody else, would do something so stupid on the day they announce the hiring of the new GM.

  33. secretdragonfly says:

    Is it just me or does that top picture with the glasses make him look like Jeff Goldblum?

  34. HabsFanMTL says:


  35. HabinBurlington says:

    Bob McKenzie says he knows nothing about a Gomez buyout, and says if done whoever does this should be fired immediately.

    • Stormin says:

      I agree 100% but maybe they have some inside knowledge with CBA, or it is just misunderstanding with initial report and he is being buried in the minors AHL Hamilton (keep him away from our prospects) preferably ECHL Alaska.

      Way to much dead cap space with a normal buy out without AMNESTY

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Buyout as opposed to Hamilton is insane. Besides, we haven’t even gotten the first report that “Gomez is working out hard and is in the best shape of his life” article.


    • Zorro1 says:

      So,if true,is buying out Gomez Bergevin’s first act as Habs’ GM?

      Does that mean,according to Bob McKenzie, that Bergevin should be fired before he’s even formally introduced as new GM?

      That would be a first.

      But, from a team that traded a player between periods, nothing would surprise me.

  36. twilighthours says:

    Bergevin is a big “yes” for me, and the Gomer thing is a fairly big “yes.” Wish they had buried him instead of buying him out, or waited to see what the new CBA will bring. However, as long as he’s gone it’s good for the team.

  37. commandant says:

    I really like this hire. Now its up to Bergevin to surround himself with the best people.

    I hear Rick Dudley is a possibility, and that would be a good move too IMO.

    They’ll need a cap guy to help them. Go out and find the new Julien Brisebois…. and its time to search for a coach.

    Go Habs Go!
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  38. Bripro says:

    So the bashers are surely happy this morning. Gomez is being bought out and McGuire is not our GM but rather the Susan Lucci of hockey interviews. A French GM. That will silence many…for now.

  39. RGM says:

    Well this should get everybody excited eh?

    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
    “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

    Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  40. Stormin says:

    Saku Koivu #11 fans can wear their sweaters with pride again.

  41. HardHabits says:

    I need to start betting more often.

  42. Mike D says:

    Louis Jean of Sportsnet just reported that the Habs will be buying out the contract of Scott Gomez.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  43. HabsFanMTL says:


    • Mike D says:

      They’re actually saying it will be bought out, not buried.

      I would have preferred buried because it doesn’t impact the cap, but maybe they know something we don’t about the new CBA.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  44. Propwash says:

    If it is Bergevin, cool. I’m not expecting any miracles to happen however, but I hope he does the job to the best of his abilities.

    “Access Forbidden” gettin’ ya down?
    Hold down Shift while clicking refresh.

  45. Stormin says:

    Report Canadiens buying out Scott Gomez

  46. commandant says:

    McGuire just confirmed this on TSN 1050 in Toronto.

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Makes me want to quote Sherrif Rosco P. Coltrane, Good News Good News!

    • Stormin says:

      Just heard TSN 1050 interview, ouch that was hard to listen to even if you dislike the man for whatever reason, and for all of us who have gone through the interview process or did not get that job we wanted after applying. ouch you could hear his disappointment.

      Pretty stand up to talk about 10 minutes after receiving news from Geoff Molson that it came down to Pierre and Marc and that they were going with Marc Bergevin.

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        Poor McGuire. FFS, that guy already has a great job that is also well paid. I am so happy he didn´t get the job.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Me too Bob.

        • Stormin says:

          He has an awesome job your right, forgot about that.

          I was just reflecting i guess , I hate looking for work and going on interviews and not getting the job, but your right apparently he makes just south or north of 1M to be a hockey analyst and live in upscale Connecticut near NBC sports studio, no boo hoo required

  47. Habfan10912 says:

    Here we go! The first 100 days. New coach. 2012 Draft. Gomez, Kabrele and Markov. The success or lack thereof will be established in these first days.
    Going to be a lot of fun to watch.

    • Stormin says:

      Resolve Coaching Situation.

      If he gets rid of Gomez & Kaberle contracts those will be considered his Camelot days .,, He hopes (Mr..LOL) Markov continues to improve,,,, ahhah and what about Rene Bourque

  48. Stormin says:

    Apparently Marc Bergevin has a great sense of humor , he will need to rely on it with the pressure of his new employment, someone posted this a few days ago, A hilarious own goal Bergevin scored while playing for the Blues against the Bleckhawks.

    PS I look forward to no more Misters,,,, and hopefully much better communication from the GM with its fan base and media

  49. Gumper Knows Best says:

    The process was exhaustive, political, and absolutely BRILLIANT. Mr. Molson and friends left no stone unturned concerning French candidates so as not to let themselves get hammered in the French press. Now they have answers for the question of “Why didn’t you interview so and so?” Ahead of the curve, ahead of the storm, and door shut tight.

    Then you had the self promoting media man McGuire and his fellow media promoting minions. If he was soooooo good, he would have had a GM job a long time ago. Molson talks with him, picks his brain as to media perception, buys him a Kobe steak, and says thanks. To you McGuire lovers, he is a lone wolf and no leader of men that would garner respect. You let his pretty cliches get you off track of what a GM needs to be.

    Win-win for McGuire. He gets his name thrown around and that results in better credibility for his NBC bosses and American fan base when new contract time comes around.

    Too bad it’s not finished and only starting. A certain segment of the Quebecois media will be foaming at the mouth. What? We can’t slag the Canadiens and can’t rough up the choice, but wait! Ahhh the Patrick Roy for coach factor hasn’t been played yet. Yea, sharpen those knives if the wonky, loose cannon Saint isn’t the choice.

  50. Un Canadien errant says:

    So it looks like it’s Marc Bergevin who will be the next General Manager of the Canadiens, the guy who’ll benefit from the oodles of picks and prospects accumulated by Mr. Gauthier as well as from the bad apples he divested the team of, and will sweep to the first of many Cups in a couple seasons or so. In the age of Twitter, you can’t keep a secret, no matter how hard the Canadiens tried and how well they did, comparatively, in keeping the process out of the headlines.

    As happy as I am with the change, the process, the selection of the candidate, Mr. Bergevin himself, I’m going to have cold sweats nightmares if the report that Pierre McGuire was one of the final two applicants in the competition. We dodged a bullet with our name on it if this is the case.

    It brings me to wonder, maybe I’ve been underestimating this guy. I never thought he was harmful or dumb, just maybe a little annoying and irrelevant. I didn’t think he had the gravitas for the role, that he wouldn’t inspire the same respect around the league. Maybe I need to pay more attention to him, maybe he’s a little like Jacques Demers, easy to brush off at first, but give him a chance and he wins you over. I had him off my list completely, nowhere in the same league as François Giguère, Pat Brisson, Julien BriseBois, Doug Risebrough, Blair MacKasey, etc., guys who are in the league right now, proving themselves. Guys who didn’t have a disaster tenure (Hartford) on their résumé.

    I said I’d trust the selection committee’s judgment, maybe I should trust them in this also, that he was a very good option.

    Having said that, I feel heaps more confident in Marc Bergevin. He has the reputation, the credibility, the track record, the experience in a winning organization. I get the feeling that he will sit with the cool kids at the GM meetings, instead of being the oddball outsider about whom people snort about and deride. He fulfills the critical need to be connected with the community and market the team serves. Based on the reports we have read about his innumerable contacts around the league, how well he is perceived, his much ballyhooed sense of humour, and his physical presence and bearing, he has a much better chance of providing leadership in the office and for the guys in the dressing room.

    He worked in an organization in Chicago which had lots of brains on its staff, so he’ll want to replicate this formula in Montréal and hire good people to engender a capable front office, with resources up to the task. There’s no salary cap on this kind of spending, let’s invest lots in scouting and player development. Lots and lots. Maybe some of these also-rans like Mr. Giguère or Vincent Damphousse might want to join the team and might be good hires as front office staffers, contribute to the success of the team and build their résumés this way.

    It’s a good day, the Canadiens had a wealth of candidates to pick from and didn’t hire a stunner like Réjean Houle or Irving Grundman. Good work, Mr. Savard and Mr. Molson.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  51. Old Bald Bird says:

    HIO doesn’t seem to be in too much of an uproar about this hiring, but I think we should get any fighting out of the way in the next few days, so that we can have some scrums about the coach.

    • HabFab says:

      Shhhh! The McGuire fans have not heard yet.

      Actually none of us have until Molson announces it.

    • The Cat says:

      I think its cause nobody really cares, or knows it means little. Just like the mirage of elections; as if theyd give the reigns to all that money, army etc to the latest guy that happened to charm enough people…The latest figurehead is all.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  52. Stormin says:

    Does anyone Know if Bergevin has higher education than High School, besides extremely high Hockey IQ I am assuming no post secondary ed. If I am correct Bergevin only has a high school education, I guess they will have to surround him with a Brisebois type lawyer contract cap expert guy.

    My favorite choices were Jim Nill or Dale Talon but I do like the selection of Marc Bergevin

    Let the next Coach speculation/ debate begin, Patrick Roy, Marc Crawford, Gerard Gallant etc….

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Talon would have been my number 1 choice, I am good with Bergevin. I think I like the fact he isn’t a lawyer or a phd in English Lit. etc…. That as you say is easily hired and dealt with. I want a GM that flat out knows people and knows Hockey. That will be the most important part of rebuilding this franchise to greatness.

  53. HabsFanMTL says:

    i sure hope he does something with gomez’s contract . I’d hate to see the backlash if gomez is kept in the line-up next year. I sure as hell know that Macguire had a plan for Gomez’s contract and a lot more , u better put up good Bergevin

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      We should put this one to bed. Geoff Molson was very clear in his press conference after the dismissal of Pierre Gauthier that winning was the priority, and that nothing would be spared to attain this. This was barely code that burying Mr. Gomez’ contract wouldn’t be a problem.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  54. frontenac1 says:

    I like the various responsibilities in a successful organization.Wonder who will coach?

  55. novahab says:

    Question is now,how long will Marc Bergevin take before naming Roy as coach. Roy will be the coach it is just a matter of timing. Also when Roy is the coach it will take a lot of pressure of Bergevin.

    • Rossy says:

      The Habs need stability, they don’t need Roy. Somewhere there must be a coach who is between the volatility of Roy and the unflappability of Martin and who can speak Canadien.

  56. JUST ME says:

    We need new faces to manage the Habs. Unfortunately this should eliminate good candidates but we need a fresh start here.

    Will not speculate on who it is but so far i think the process of meeting candidates has been done properly .Keeping it behind closed doors with no leaks to the media made it much easier and the reporters only have themselves to blame if the rumors are false.

  57. Haligonian-Hab says:

    Will Smith for head coach! That way, newly hired GM, Jeff Goldblum, and Will can save the world (Montreal Canadiens), a la Independence Day!

  58. HankHardball says:

    And Roy is coach and Savard stays on as Gainey’s replacement.

  59. centre hice says:

    Who will be Bergevin’s coach?

    It will be interesting to see if he chooses a french speaking or best coach available.

    • HabsFanMTL says:

      well he has no choice sure he has the freedom of picking his own but where language is concerned he has no choice but to pick a bilingual coach otherwise may as well keep cunnyworth in there

    • The Cat says:

      Denis Savard?

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  60. HabsFanMTL says:

    ya know everyone is high on Bergevin’s hiring yet this morning on tsn990 the first words out of Starr’s mouth were , Bergevin himself admitted a while back that he isn’t too good with numbers and salary caps” then Starr added but he’ll get help by being surrounded by knowledgeable people after a while. Is this what the big search for the best GM has come down to?? a guy who isn”t good at crunching numbers? and ain’t to up on salary caps?? good luck to us!

  61. habsguru says:

    his creds seem good, but has he ever been part of rebuilding a team with this kind of mess? Burke couldn’t do it, and he is the God of Gm’s… just ask him

  62. Gumper Knows Best says:

    From The Tribune Chris Kuc tweets that broke the story

    I love breaking news after newspaper deadline.

    It’s done.

  63. The Cat says:

    Connections, charisma, eloquence are important but not as important as having the balls to make a blockbuster image changing trade.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hehe, yah you don’t hear many reporters describing potential candidates with regards to their manparts these days.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Cat. Agree but he’s also got to have patience. PG and BG’s regime will be noted for some panic moves. Fingers crossed that Molson/Sevard got this one right.


      • The Cat says:

        Good morning, yes definitely dont want to see some reactionary moves.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Not picking on you Cat, because every play-by-play guy or analyst on TV has started to misuse this word, but what you mean is a reflex move, or a kneejerk move, or a poorly thought-out move. Reactionary doesn’t mean what they think it means.

          re·ac·tion·ar·y (r-ksh-nr)
          Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative.
          n. pl. re·ac·tion·ar·ies
          An opponent of progress or liberalism; an extreme conservative.

          How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      • Habs_4_ever says:

        I hope so too. Don’t want to go through years of Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda.

        “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”
        -This Old House, GMC commerciall-

    • Habs_4_ever says:

      Yes, but is he a vegan? (insert smiley face here)

      “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”
      -This Old House, GMC commerciall-

  64. Gumper Knows Best says:

    “He’s got tons of connections,” Bowman said. “He’s the kind of guy on a team that people would gravitate toward. You play that out over a 20-year career, and he’s got so many different connections he can draw upon.”

    Added Hawks President John McDonough: “(Bergevin) has the ability to within an hour connect with three or four people that maybe before we would have ultimately connected with … but he has the ability to do it quicker. And because of who it is, people get back to him immediately and it helps us in the decision-making process.”

  65. Stormin says:

    Build through the draft baby, Good Luck Marc and please no more MISTERS

    • Habfan10912 says:

      LOL. So you like the hire, Stormin?


      • Stormin says:

        My favorite choices were Jim Nill or Dale Talon but I do like the selection of Marc Bergevin

        If I am correct Bergevin only has a high school education, so I guess they will have to surround him with a Brisebois type lawyer contract cap expert type guy.

        Let the next Coach speculation/ debate begin, Patrick Roy, Marc Crawford, Gerard Gallant etc….

  66. Newf_Habster says:

    When I turned on my Twitter right after waking up, I saw Dave Stubbs’ tweet about the new Habs GM! LOL

    I like this hiring!

  67. HABZ24 says:

    oh dam wanted mcguire. dohhh. oh well atleast its an experienced hovkey man. and bilingual will keep the language cops away

  68. DarthAlexander says:

    If it was down to McGuire and Bergevin, I wonder what it was that made them pick Bergevin. I really didn’t mind the idea of McGuire but I’m happy with this choice as well.

    Hope you go a lot of rest Marc because you have a lot of work ahead of you.

    “We only have one person to blame, and that’s each other.” – Berry Beck

  69. Gumper Knows Best says:

    Marc Bergevin Resume

    Born in Montreal
    46 years old
    Played junior in Chicoutimi
    3rd Round Draft pick 1983
    20 year NHL playing career with 8 teams
    1191 games played

    Worked with Dale Tallon-Stan Bowman-Scotty Bowman in Chicago for 7 years
    3 years as pro scout-Chicago
    1 year as assistant coach-Chicago
    2 years as Director of Player Personnel
    * Stanley Cup Ring
    1 year as Assistant General Manager

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Seems Savard was true to his word, former player and would speak french.

      Kind of wonder if Savard had his eye on Bergevin from the very start.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Good morning Gerald. Hope your in better spirits this morning :). I know you would have chosen Bergevin over what’s his name but interested in how you feel about this hire.


        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think I like 🙂 I especially like what I read about his character. The sense of humour is an added bonus, I think Bergevin will be able to do well with other GM’s as he appears to be a very personable guy.

          The fact he has experience as player, coach, scout is wonderful. Clearly he doesn’t have alot of GM experience, but as I posted on previous thread, I wouldn’t be surprised if Larry Carriere is kept on board to help with some things that perhaps Marc has less experience dealing with.

          Who was the other guy? 😉

          • Gumper Knows Best says:

            Carriere is an outstanding hockey man with huge experience plus he might be the only one left that knows where all the bodies are buried. In his time behind the bench, he probably figured out the cheaters from the real deals. I say this team is going to have a big face lift.

  70. HabinBurlington says:

    I guess the Habs wanted to wait on announcing this until PK was back in Montreal.

  71. Bill says:

    Bergevin seems like a good choice. And he’s not McGuire! This is win-win.

    • shootdapuck says:


      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

  72. steve17 says:

    I was going to write that yesterday, I had read it was down to Bergevin and McGuire, and my nod was with Bergevin since he has been actively with Chicago in various management positions and has had the opportunity to learn from Scotty Bowman, which can’t hurt. Sure since Pierre McGuire is in the public eye, we all see that he knows a lot of names and places and talks a good game, but that doesn’t mean he can manage a team. Maybe he can, but having not been associated with a team for so long, I gave the edge to bergevin and it seems he has the job! We shall see today.


  73. HabinBurlington says:

    Woohoo we have a GM, now who is the coach and what is Serge Savard’s role?

    • Habs_4_ever says:

      It’s not a done deal till it comes from the horse’s mouth. If it is in fact the case, by the time they officially announce it, It will be the worst kept secret.

      “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”
      -This Old House, GMC commerciall-

    • 24 Cups says:

      Gerald – Exactly.

      Marc Bergevin is probably as good as any other candidate that was out there. The team knew they would have to go with a rookie GM so hopefully Bergevin’s personality will help him deal with the immense pressure.

      I can’t help but believe that one of the interview questions must have focused on coaching candidates. You just know that Roy’s name had to be bandied about. I just hope that Bergevin has a free hand at choosing his staff. This is a young team that will be built through the draft so the new coach has to be a great teacher as well as a communicator who can can connect with guys like Subban, Price and Grigorenko/Galchenyuk.

      As for Serge Savard, I think it could go one of three ways. Maybe his assisting of Molson in the interview process was strictly short term and he’ll leave the scene by the end of the month. I doubt his ego will allow that to happen. He knows he’s back in the limelight. Or, he could be a true mentor to Bergevin as he plays the role of the wise old sage who truly is only interested in helping Bergevin step through the minefields that are part and parcel of being the GM in Montreal. However, if he is going to be Molson’s right hand man who evaluates and criticizes everything Bergevin does then the team is doomed. Bergevin can’t turn the team around if he has to live under the immense shadow of Serge Savard. It will eventually lead to another five years down the drain as Montreal gets ready to acknowledge it’s true anniversary, 25 years without a Cup.

      Everybody will be talking about Bergevin today but the real focus should be on Savard.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I like your 2nd option, where Savard is a true mentor who wants to see Bergevin succeed longterm.

        • Habs_4_ever says:

          He’s already been mentored by Bowman. With all due respect to Savard, I think his job here is done and he should just walk away.

          It’s the case of, too many cooks spoil the sauce.

          “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”
          -This Old House, GMC commerciall-

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