Good morning! I decided not to stay up for the Leafs game last night (but someone will post the recap and score below) so the top story I have for you this morning comes out of Quebec. Last night, the Montreal Canadiens fired GM Marc Bergevin alongwith executives Trevor Timmins and Paul Wilson.
The search is on as owner Geoff Molson has assured the public that their new GM will be able to “speak to fans in both french and english.” That said, they have hired English-speaking (*gasp!) American (*gasp!*) Jeff Gorton to be VP of hockey operations and basically run the operation.
This news comes on the back of Scott Mellanby quitting as assistant GM after not getting the president of hockey ops job.
Hearing that Scott Mellanby had extensive talks with Habs owner Geoff Molson at first about becoming GM, then that changed to perhaps becoming president of hockey operations. But he was told yesterday he was out of the running. So he resigned today.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 28, 2021
From @MAGodin in Pittsburgh, a look at Geoff Molson's clumsy handling of the Canadiens' front office turnover and a chat with Brian Burke on the role of a president of hockey ops ($1/month for 12 months deal is still on): https://t.co/BEM0orUPys— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 28, 2021
So right now the Habs are looking for a french figure-head to speak french and do GM things.
The Canadiens have announced changes within the organization's hockey operations department.https://t.co/N6bAn7FwIb— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) November 28, 2021
And now to bring back an old meme from earlier in the year. Bergevin leaves with the Habs 29th in the league and with the 18th best record over his 10 years in charge with the team.
ne peut pas le supporter! je sais que tu l'as prévu! pic.twitter.com/KMDrFdwcKr— Acting the Fulemin (@ATFulemin) October 20, 2021
Let’s call these Habs of the past decade what they are. A perpetually mediocre team that traded the good talent they had and used a couple hot months from Carey Price to overachieve a couple times. Instead of building a team around a really great goalie for his prime, Bergevin put lead in his pads and blamed everyone else for their shortcomings. Cette équipe n’est pas la meilleure, et malheureusement ils ont aussi Mailloux.
Various Leafs and Branches
The Leafs destroyed the Ducks, winning 5-1!
Matt Murray cleared waivers yesterday, but hasn’t been sent to the AHL yet. Also on waivers from the Senators was Logan Shaw. Also on waivers is Evander Kane.
Placed on NHL waivers today: Evander Kane (SJ) and Logan Shaw (OTT).— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 28, 2021
There’s a lot going on with the Kane saga (isn’t there always). If he gets claimed on waivers, great, he can go play there and the Sharks — who clearly don’t want him around the team — are rid of him. I see there being a 0% chance of that happening. The next most likely thing is Kane clears waivers, gets sent to the AHL Barracuda and doesn’t report. In that scenario, he would not get paid and his creditors would be quite furious. However, according to his agent, Dan Milstein, Kane will report to the AHL and “try to build his way back to the NHL.”
As for a trade, the Sharks are willing to retain half the cap hit and salary, but even then, according to Emily Kaplan, getting a trade to happen would be really difficult. I wouldn’t be surprised if he spends the year in the AHL, we get some talk during the trade deadline, but he’s ultimately out of San Jose in the summer when teams have more money to burn.
Evander Kane was placed on waivers today. He’ll go to AHL if he clears.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) November 28, 2021
Kane recently switched agents — now repped by Dan Milstein of @GoldStarHockey.
Sources say Milstein is trying to facilitate a trade for Kane… but it’s a tough market, even if San Jose retains salary.