Where Do Gustafsson and Merrill Fit In?

Trade Deadline is like Christmas for hockey fans and this year was not different. Multitudes of deals, with most of the players involved being pending UFAs going to Stanley Cup contenders, and a few pretenders. But fans were once again glued to their TV sets, computers or cell phone to follow what NHL Insiders had to say. No fan base hoped more for their General Manager to make moves than Habs’ fans. With their favourite team slumping, many were getting very grumpy, and borderline abrasive, particularly on social media. And it seems like only about half of them have changed optics after the 3:00 pm trade deadline hit.

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Marc Bergevin: GM of The Year Candidate?

Some hate his guts, find him to be arrogant and won’t be satisfied – temporarily anyway – until he’s fired. Others see in him a quick learner, someone who has already mastered some aspects of the job of General Manager in the NHL. Either way, Marc Bergevin is a guy who had no previous experience as a GM and jumped right into the hotbed that is Montreal, learning on the fly. He has shown to be able to handle the Montreal media and unusually tough market. He is full of confidence in himself and it has often been reported that he’s one of the hardest working GMs in the league. Brian Burke qualified him as one of the best talent evaluators he’s gotten to see in his time around the league.

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