Re: Marc Bergevin - Impressive
posted at 2/27/2013 12:35 PM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
Since he took over:
Price and Pacioretty signed long term, reasonable deals. Held the line on Subban and got him in under a good number. Signed Brandon Prust and Francois Boullion.
Drafted and signed Galchenyuk.
They've gone from close to worst to close to first very quickly.
And now the Ryder deal.
I see this as he traded a slumping 35 year old with a publically stated bad attitude and two years left on his contract for a not-slumping 32 year old with an expiring contract...and a third round pick. Huge win for Montreal there.
Love or hate Montreal (hate!), there is no looking past this performance by Bergevin so far. He's doing an incredible job.
Incredible implies that he's done things I wouldn't believe or have seen coming. So ditching Gomez is not an incredible move (influencing the application of the buyout rule is sort of interesting).
Signed Price to a market value contract at $6.5M cap hit. Signed Pacioretty to a market second contract after one year of high-end production. The question here is was it smart to give him a 5 year deal and pay the high end for a second contract (more than Lucic's much debated deal, though yes, a few years of market inflation later) or would it have been smarter to go with a shorter deal to let him prove himself and then re-sign him to a higher deal while he's still an RFA. The current deal ends with MP as a UFA. Prust at a $2.5M cap hit...well, they needed some cojos even if $2.5M is no better than a fair price for Prust. Bouillion for cheap has worked well. Kudos.
I don't give them more credit for Galchenyuk than I'd give ChiaPete for Seguin. Concussed monkey makes that pick - second best forward in the draft at #3 because Columbus went D at #2. The one thing I'll concede is that they had the guts to pick him after he missed an entire year with an injury.
The worst to first deal has a lot to do with a healthy Markov and the coaching change. One of those belongs to the trainer, the other to Bergevin. Gionta and Cole are less important to the long term future than Diaz, Galchenyuk, Desharnais and Gallagher. So play them now.
Ryder for Cole...see above. If Ryder produces as he has in Dallas, great. If not, they've shuffled out a veteran they didn't need two years early.
Incredible? I wouldn't say so. Good, yes. Evidence of the willingness to make decisions but not the ego that makes GMs want to "put their stamp" on everything like cats marking territory.