Truth About Habs’ Bergevin’s Trade Record

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Marc Bergevin took over as the Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager on May 2, 2012. Since then, his team has a combined 210-128-38 record, including three Atlantic Division Titles and with at least 100 points (or on pace during lockout year) in four of the five years. As July 16, 2017, he has also completed a grand total of 46 trades, making him one of the most active GM’s in the last five years. While it’s one thing to trade players, the ultimate goal for a GM is to, at the very least, improve your team and Bergevin has done just that… for the most part.

As determining who “wins” or “loses” a trade is arbitrary, I tried to stay as unbiased as humanly possible but some won’t agree with my assessment and that’s just fine. You will see that regardless, if people take an unbiased approach, the results might change ever so slightly but they should rapidly realize that things aren’t as sombre as some want you to believe.

 

WINS

  • Cedrick Desjardins traded to Tampa Bay Lightning for Dustin Tokarski (2013) Tokarski was very good when Carey Price went down to injury.
  • (W) 5th round pick #146 (Patrick Bartosak) traded to Los Angeles Kings for Davis Drewiske (2013) Drewiske brought NHL experience at a time when the Habs needed some at the blueline.
  • Philippe Lefebvre and a 7th round pick #182 (Hugo Fagerblom) in 2014 traded to Florida Panthers for George Parros (2013) While some don’t like enforcers, it was a very low price to pay to bring in the best in the game at the time. It’s unfortunate that a fluke play during a fight against Colton Orr ended his career.
  • Raphael Diaz traded to Vancouver Canucks for Dale Weise (2014) Do we really need to explain?
  • 5th round pick #147 (Ryan Pilon – NYI) in 2015 traded to Florida Panthers for Mike Weaver (2014) Weaver was one of the NHL’s top shot blockers.
  • Sebastian Collberg and a 2nd round pick #57 (Johnathan MacLeod – TBL) in 2014 traded to New York Islanders for Thomas Vanek and a 5th round pick #125 (Nikolas Koberstein) in 2014. (2014) Vanek ended the season on one of the NHL’s top producing lines with Pacioretty and Desharnais.
  • Josh Gorges traded to Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round pick #45 (Chad Krys – CHI) in 2016 later traded to Chicago (Weise/Fleishmann trade, turned into Danault + 2nd) (2014) The fact that the pick turned into Danault…
  • Jiri Sekac traded to Anaheim Ducks for Devante Smith-Pelly (2015) Smith-Pelly is still in the NHL.
  • 2nd round pick #57 (Jonas Siegenthaler) in 2015 and a 4th round pick #117 (Caleb Jones) in 2015 traded to Edmonton Oilers for Jeff Petry. (2015) Considering that Petry signed long term with the Habs bringing excellent minutes on the second pairing.
  • 5th round pick #129 (Philip Nyberg) in 2016 traded to Buffalo Sabres for Brian Flynn (2015) Small price to pay for a NHL forward capable of playing a sound game.
  • Jack Nevins and a 7th round pick #189 (Austin Osmanski) in 2016 traded to Buffalo Sabres for Torrey Mitchell (2015) Mitchell has provided excellent minutes for the Canadiens.
  • Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann traded to Chicago Blackhawks for Phillip Danault and a 2nd round pick (TBD) in 2018 (2016) This could very well be a steal of a trade.
  • Lars Eller traded to Washington Capitals for a 2nd round pick #58 (Joni Ikonen) in 2017 and a 2nd round pick (TBD) in 2018, which was later conditionally traded to Tampa Bay in the deal for Jonathan Drouin (June 15, 2017) (2016) Ikonen already looks very promising while the pick helped get Drouin.
  • Greg Pateryn and a 4th round pick #118 (Markus Phillips) in 2017 traded to Dallas Stars for Jordie Benn (2017) To the point where the Canadiens were forced to protect Benn, Phillips better be really good to make this one even.
  • 6th round pick (TBD) in 2018 traded to Detroit Red Wings for Steve Ott (2017) Ott has provided experience and grit down the stretch and in the playoffs.

LOSSES

  • Daniel Briere traded to Colorado Avalanche for P.A. Parenteau and a 5th round pick #131 (Matthew Bradley) in 2015 (2014) Briere never could find a niche with the Canadiens.
  • Peter Budaj and Patrick Holland traded to Winnipeg Jets for Eric Tangradi (2014) A meh trade, with relatively low cost.
  • Brandon Prust traded to Vancouver Canucks for Zack Kassian and a 5th round pick #124 (Casey Staum) in 2016 (2015) Twice Kassian has made the “losses” for Bergevin in a trade, a lot having to do with his addiction.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly traded to New Jersey Devils for Stefan Matteau (2016) Although DSP is not lighting it up, at least he’s in the NHL.
  • Zack Kassian traded to Edmonton Oilers for Ben Scrivens (2015) See above.
  • 4th round conditional pick (TBD) in 2018 traded to Los Angeles Kings for Dwight King (2017) King was a big disappointment with the Canadiens.

TIES

TO BE DETERMINED

  • 3rd round pick #87 (Anton Karlsson) in 2014 and a 4th round pick #117 (Michael Bunting) in 2014 traded to Arizona Coyotes for 3rd round pick #73 (Brett Lernout) in 2014 (2014)
  • 2nd round pick #39 (Alexander DeBrincat) in 2016 and a 2nd round pick #45 (Chad Krys) in 2016 traded to Chicago Blackhawks for Andrew Shaw (2016) If the prospects don’t pan out, it will be a win for the Habs.
  • Philip Samuelsson traded to Carolina Hurricanes for Keegan Lowe (2017)
  • Sven Andrighetto traded to Colorado Avalanche for Andreas Martinsen (2017) Andrighetto had a good start with the Avs. Let’s see what he does this year.
  • Nathan Beaulieu traded to Buffalo Sabres for a 3rd round pick #68 (Scott Walford) in 2017 (2017) Some would like to pounce on Bergevin for that one but the fact and the matter is that no team offered more than an early 3rd for Beaulieu.
  • 5th round pick (TBD) in 2019 traded to San Jose Sharks for David Schlemko (2017) This could very well be at the Canadiens’ advantage, in the win column for Bergevin but let’s wait to see how Schlemko plays in Montreal.

So as you can see, according to my calculation, Bergevin’s record when it comes to the trades that he made is an astonishing 15-6-19 with another six trades where it’s too early to tell. This means that he has tied or won 85 percent of the trades that he’s made so far, give or take a few trades here and there depending if you have an axe to grind against the organization or not. Any NHL team will take that and we better understand why Brian Burke feels like the attacks on Bergevin are absurd.

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What If The Sky Was Falling?

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Have you ever wondered, in your life, what would your world be if something different had happened? Everything as you know it would be different for the most part. What if you won the lottery? What if you could go back in time? What if there really is a boogeyman? What if the cow really jumped over the moon? What if the world ends tomorrow? What if hockey was just a sport instead of a matter of life and death? What if the sky was really falling? What if there were no hypothetical questions?

Let’s take some time to reflect on what would our world would be if some things happened with your beloved Montreal Canadiens, and how it would affect you and what it would do to the Twitter world, your favourite blogs, the media.

What if… Claude Julien doesn’t find a way to improve the Canadiens and they keep on sliding in the standing?

What if… Marc Bergevin doesn’t complete a substantial trade before the March first trade deadline because the asking prices are too high?

What if… Bergevin does pull the trigger and jeopardises the future of the organisation by trading, let’s say, Mikhail Sergachev?

What if… Max Pacioretty, who has been carrying the biggest part of the offensive load this season, turns cold?

What if… Alexander Radulov and Claude Julien don’t see eye to eye?

What if… Carey Price can’t find his Mojo and return to the goaltender that we know he is?

What if… Alex Galchenyuk‘s antics off the ice are truly affecting his on-ice performances and ultimately, the team?

What if… Shea Weber is truly on the down side of his career or at the end of the roll?

What if… Andrei Markov decides to retire at the end of this season or… if he asks for too much and/or for too long of a term on a new contract?

What if… David Desharnais becomes Claude Julien’s favourite player and overplays him at the eyes of Michel Therrien‘s detractors?

What if… the pundits surrounding the Habs decide to turn on Julien and realise that he’s much like Therrien in their eyes?

What if… the Canadiens don’t make it past the first round of the playoffs, perhaps even eliminated by the Boston Bruins?

What if… the rumours are true and Carey Price doesn’t want to re-sign with the Canadiens after his current contract?

What if… the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup this season?

 

A Canucks and Canadiens trade?

All we keep hearing about these days in the trade rumours surrounding the Canadiens is the talks about Matt Duchene and, to a lesser level now, the names of Martin Hanzal and Brian Boyle. Yet, it is well known that Marc Bergevin believes in defensive depth and that while Alexei Emelin is having a pretty good year playing alongside Shea Weber, Bergevin would like to get an improvement over the rugged Russian defenseman.

People who follow me know that while I am a die-hard Habs’ fan, I have developed a soft spot for the Vancouver Canucks since the good days of King Richard Brodeur way back in the 80’s. They also know that I live in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and that I do get to see most of the Canucks’ games.

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Alexander Edler

Folks, if he agreed to waive his no-trade clause, I can pretty much guarantee that the Canucks would be happy to part ways with left-handed defenseman Alexander Edler. The Canucks are tight to the cap and Edler has two years remaining after this season, at a cap hit of $5 million per season.  On a team offensively challenged, the 30 year-old defenseman who stands at 6’3″ 214 lbs, has 14 points so far this season and he has had seasons anywhere from 20 to 49 points per season in his career.

Edler, for those of you who don’t get the chance to watch him play, is a smooth skating defenseman, shoots from the left and usually makes good first passes out of his zone. He is somewhat physical, averaging 1.8 hits/GP, which is exactly like Jeff Petry and Shea Weber on the Canadiens. He is a going point man on the powerplay and he has a heavy shot, although not always accurate with it. He is also prone for the odd “brain cramp” with a bad pass at the wrong time, but those are rather few and far between.

He would be a good policy for ageing Andrei Markov and an ideal partner for Weber. While wild rumours circulated about the Habs having a scout in Vancouver looking at Alex Burrows, Edler is the guy who, for me, makes the most sense on the Canucks. At the very least, Marc Bergevin should give Jim Benning a call as they would probably take a salary dump in return as well as a good prospect.