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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Unusual Season Means Unusual Handling of Veterans

When the NHL announced that it was going ahead with a condensed 56-game season, players, coaches and general managers knew that it would be tough. GMs are dealing with a flap cap, possibly for a few years, and have players to sign. Coaches and players didn’t have a proper training camp with exhibitions to implement systems and get in game shape. A division realignment made for close geographical rivalries while facing the same teams eight to ten times each guarantees some bad blood. As every game is a four-point game, it carries the intensity up over a long period. Then put all of that into a shorten season, playing almost every second day and you can see how fatigue, physical and mental, has and will set in.

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