Morning Free Association: Around the NHL

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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.

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.

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Morning all. Felt a bit bad for my cohost. He went to the Netherlands for a work trip except as he was flying in The Netherlands went into a partial lockdown (work from home, restaurants, etc close at 8:00) so he had to do a bunch of work remote from his hotel room. So basically he flew all the way there to work from home! lol

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And to work anonymously!

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Holy crap. Talk about frustrating!

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Oh my God, what a nightmare. Hopefully he got to go out for an hour or two.

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Good morning!
Fresh snow today! It won’t last, rain tonight. Still, beautiful snow globe morning!

Jeff Gorton is such a great move for the Habs. I wouldn’t have been upset if the Bruins had reported they had dumped Swenius and Neely for Gorton. I feel this is a critical season for our uneasy, less than dynamic duo. Sweenius and Neely need to figure it out quick. Will Bergy come back if the team hasn’t put itself in contention? Maybe Tuukka is the key. Confidence in your netminder translates into a team that doesn’t fear offense. It’s tough to play offense when you’re afraid that your team will give one up.

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That’s a very good point, and the way they have played this year bears that out.