The last time Marc Bergevin will ever touch the Stanley Cup. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Yes, those ugly neighbours to Ontario's east made headlines this morning with the news that they have signed Marc Bergevin to be their new GM. Sean Gordon of the Globe & Mail had a quick recap:
Though the Canadiens job is surely one of the most sought-after in the league - what’s not to like about a packed building and a spendthrift owner? - Bergevin inherits a team that finished dead last in the Eastern Conference last season and needs some retooling.
His sunny temperament and sense of humour will be tested in the coming months and years.
The real news, however, was that former TSN analyst Pierre McGuire was reportedly notified by Montreal that he was their second choice for the job. Leaf fans will likely wonder what could have been should McGuire have gotten the nod over Bergevin - trading 8 first round picks for Mike Richards, letting Carey Price walk so he could sign Dustin Tokarski - the hilarity of it all.
Oh Pierre. What could have been.