In a string of widely acclaimed (as per the media and Twitter) moves made by new GM Marc Bergevin, the Canadiens have added the services of Scott Mellanby to their front office. Following the announcement of the appointing of Rick Dudley as Assistant General Manager, the appointment of Mellanby marked the end of Trevor Timmins’ tenure at the helm of both Amateur Scouting and Player Personnel. This should allow for another set of eyes overseeing players on the NHL squad, in Hamilton and their prospects across a wide variety of leagues. In addition, it implies that Mellanby will be involved in trade and free agent decisions as well.
Mellanby last worked as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues, where it was rumoured recently that he preferred a front office job to coaching. Mellanby confirmed this in an interview with TSN, and comes with some front office management experience as well. He was an advisor to the general manager for one year and a pro scout for another, both with the Vancouver Canucks front office under Mike Gillis.
This leaves one gaping hole in the front office staff. The head coach. It has been rumoured recently that Bob Hartley is in the running and it was even reported that he signed a contract with the Canadiens. I can’t help but feel the Canadiens need fresh blood and should go with a younger coach. It remains to be seen whether Randy Cunneyworth will remain as an assistant or be replaced altogether.