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.
- Cedrick Desjardins traded to Tampa Bay Lightning for Dustin Tokarski (2013) Tokarski was very good when Carey Price went down to injury.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brendon Nash traded to Florida Panthers for Jason DeSantis (2013)
- Erik Cole traded to Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder and a 3rd round pick #71 (Connor Crisp) in 2013 (2013) Ryder had 21 points in 27 games, but Cole played longer in Dallas.
- 7th round pick #206 (MacKenzie Weegar) in 2013 traded to Florida Panthers for a 7th round pick #182 (Hugo Fagerblom) in 2014 (2013)
- Danny Kristo traded to New York Rangers for Christian Thomas (2013)
- Steve Quailer traded to Los Angeles Kings for Robert Czarnik (2014)
- Future Considerations (believed to be cash) traded to Nashville Predators for Devan Dubnyk (2014) Dubnyk didn’t pan out in Nashville either.
- Louis Leblanc traded to Anaheim Ducks for conditional 5th round pick #148 (Troy Terry – ANA) in 2015. (2014)
- Travis Moen traded to Dallas Stars for Sergei Gonchar (2014)
- Rene Bourque traded to Anaheim Ducks for Bryan Allen (2014)
- Christian Thomas traded to Arizona Coyotes for Lucas Lessio (2015)
- Dustin Tokarski traded to Anaheim Ducks for Max Friberg (2016)
- Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier traded to Arizona Coyotes for Victor Bartley and John Scott (2016)
- 7th round pick #211 (Croix Evingson) in 2017 traded to Winnipeg Jets for a 7th round pick #187 (Arvid Henrikson) in 2016 (2016)
- P.K. Subban traded to Nashville Predators for Shea Weber (2016) Don’t let the Subban fans fool you, the Preds’ success in the playoffs were a team effort. Habs got the best player short term, Preds should have Subban more efficient long term.
- Tim Bozon traded to Florida Panthers for Jonathan Racine (2016)
- Jonathan Racine and a 6th round pick #180 (Cole Guttman) in 2017 traded to Tampa Bay Lightning for Nikita Nesterov (2017)
- David Desharnais traded to Edmonton Oilers for Brandon Davidson (2017) Although those hating on DD would likely take it as a win.
- Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional 2nd round pick (TBD) in 2018 traded to Tampa Bay Lightning for Jonathan Drouin and a conditional 6th round pick (TBD) in 2018. Conditions are if Sergachev plays at least 40 NHL games in 2017-18 including Playoffs, no picks are exchanged (2017) Like the Johansen for Jones trade, this is a good hockey trade for both teams.
- 7th round pick (TBD) in 2018 traded to Philadelphia Flyers for a 7th round pick #199 (Cayden Primeau) in 2017 (2017)
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.