Habs’ assessment and suggestions from Brian Burke

It is a sad time right now. People are going crazy being in isolation, trying to avoid spreading the Coronavirus. Everywhere on the news, on a daily basis, we are inundated with sad, even morbid information about this deadly and widely spread disease and we just can’t get away from it. For some odd reason, the NHL is the only winter league to have yet to cancel its season. Is it legitimate or wishful thinking on their part? Well considering that they expect COVID-19 to peak in around mid-May, allow me to question the motive behind it. You see, players will need a full out training camp after this and the meaning of “peak” means that it will still be strong thereafter. And even if they played the playoffs in July, this would affect the players for next season too. Gary Bettman needs to bite the bullet and do the right thing by calling it a season, as the NHL did back in 1919 during the Spanish Influenza.

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Marc Bergevin Opens Up About This and Next Season

Habs’ fans can be finicky at times… or often, depending on who you ask and who you’re talking about. Particularly when the team is struggling for consistency and the results on the ice simply aren’t there and haven’t been there for close to 30 years now. So there is ground to be frustrated and we all are. An organisation often accused of a lack of transparency, Geoff Molson and his staff have ensured to tell the media and the fans more than before. That doesn’t mean that they’ll tell us everything – it’s a company after all – but they have been more proactive with their information, the one that they could share.

You want transparency, you got transparency. That’s what found out La Presse senior reporter Mathias Brunet in an exclusive interview with Canadiens’ General manager Marc Bergevin. They touched on many different topics, some of them delicate, and he opened up on pretty much all of them. If you understand French, I encourage you to read the integral original article in La Presse but since many Habs’ fans don’t speak La Langue de Molière, I felt compelled to allow those who prefer Shakespeare to be able to appreciate it as well.

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