Jun 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin arrives at the Westin Hotel for the NHL Board of Governors meeting. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
In 2011-2012 I saw a franchise worth admiring become worn and battered. It came apart at the seams and started leaking GMs, coaches and even players in mid game, right off the bench. As a fan of The Montreal Canadiens, it felt like there was no room for hope and all the moving pieces seemed to be immovable objects – then it happened. On May 2nd 2012, Marc Bergevin was announced to be the 17th GM for the Montreal Canadiens and stepped through the door with his work cut out for him. Since then, he has gotten core players the right contracts, and released the weight of Gomez and Kaberle. Now, Marc Bergevin has an opportunity to work his magic in the 2013 NHL Draft with fresh talent who have not yet worn the CH. Who knows what we will end up with or what kind of deals Bergevin will walk away with today, but so far he has shown his intentions of having players on the ice that will sooth the native beasts which are the fans.
Any true Habs fan can empathize with the darkest feelings and thoughts that come with the title of GM for the Habs in the 2013 season. I’ve heard the road to Heaven and Hell are paved with good intentions and I’m sure Bergevin has heard the same and knows full well that Heaven and Hell exist right here in Montreal. As GM for our hockey club, his decisions will decide which side he will experience during his employment. The 2013 NHL Draft will give our new GM another chance to exhibit his winning habits that will secure the glory of The Bleu Blanc et Rouge on a long-term basis.
Old habits may die hard. A Winning Habit never fades.
I am a proud Canadian, from Barbadian descent, with a British upbringing. Although I was born and raised in Montreal, 'mon francais' can be a little rusty at times. So when I say 'pardon my french', it's usually because I might have mispronounced or misspelled a word among my French-Canadian friends and associates. I'm an avid Habs fan looking forward to witnessing The Stanley Cup's return to Montreal for the 25th time.......I have a feeling I'm not alone. Always remember, old habits may die hard but A Winning Habit never fades!