While it is ever so much fun to talk about all the problems with the Boston Bruins on the ice, sometimes it’s more fun to talk about what is going on around the NHL. And this weekend was a doozy.
First, news broke on Saturday that the president, CEO and principal owner of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson had decided to hire a president of hockey operations. He had resisted creating the position since he didn’t understand that many teams had both a president of the business ops and a president of hockey ops, that the two positions were for the most part mutually exclusive. While he functioned as team president and had no one under him other than a GM, Marc Bergevin, that all decisions the GM made were tacitly his decisions, including ones to draft an 18-year-old sex-offender in the first round of the 2021 entry draft.
Apparently, Molson had had enough of the Bergevin show after the team went to from runner up in the SCF last season to cellar dwellers this one. (Don’t worry, Ottawa is still worse.) After calling the New York Rangers for permission to talk to former GM Jeff Gorton and then hiring him as executive VP, he fired Marc Bergevin and three other front office personnel on Sunday.
“On behalf of myself and the organization, I wish to thank Marc Bergevin, Trevor Timmins and Paul Wilson for their passion and engagement towards our club over the last years,” owner Geoff Molson said in a statement. “Their relentless work allowed our fans to experience many memorable moments, including last summer’s playoff run that culminated with the Stanley Cup Final. We wish them all the success they deserve in the pursuit of their careers.
“I think, however, that the time has come for a leadership change within our hockey operations department that will bring a new vision and should allow our fans and partners to continue cheering for a championship team.”
Bergevin, who is clearly having a mid-life crisis, was up for an extension but had also indicated that he was looking for a different, higher ranking position within an organization. Well, now he’ll get his chance, I guess.
Now, let’s turn to San Jose who finally have decided to wash their hands of Evander Kane. He was placed on waivers on Sunday. His agent released a statement about his immediate future.
Statement:Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing Evander’s return to San Jose. We were not surprised by the Sharks’ decision to put him on waivers and, if he does clear, he will report to the Barracudas. Evander is looking forward to resuming his NHL career this season
— Dan Milstein-Hockey (@HockeyAgent1) November 28, 2021
It will be interesting to see if the Sharks completely bury him in the AHL or if they’ll bring him back up once he’s vaccinated or when enough time has passed.
Yeah, so the Bruins are boring by most standards. Hooray for that.