An Apology to Marc Bergevin

Hello Marc,

It has been a long time since I wrote to you; and it was not a message of good intent. In late June of 2016, I lambasted you and your staff for moves that were then, and can still be viewed now as poor examples of asset management. This previous letter was formed around the trade that brought Shea Weber to Montreal, and sent PK Subban to Nashville, and while I miss Subban as a Canadien, it seems as the trade was not the franchise killing blow that I thought it would be. The recent trade that sent Subban from Nashville to New Jersey made me re-think my position. This brings me to the point of this letter. I’d like to say sorry for my words on that day almost 3 years ago.

Like most people, I was quite upset on June 29th, 2016, the day of the previously mentioned trade. That day was and still is a day that will live in infamy for Canadiens fans. As the architect of the trade, you took the blame for the feelings of heartbreak and anger that day; perhaps more than you deserved via personal insults and wishes of dread towards you. It did not help that the Canadiens were in the midst of a very frustrating offseason after an even more so disappointing season. Many people saw the trade as a solution to a problem of “attitude” rather than skill, and the choice of keeping Head Coach Michel Therrien over Subban. Granted, you made the right choice in firing Therrien eventually, but the lack of foresight stung those whos patience had run out with the mediocrity that was present in Montreal.

As seen in the replies above, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Fans like myself were fed up with the 2015-2016 season, and the Subban trade was the spark that set off the powder keg. At the time, emotion took over, and logic was put to the side. All sense of analyzation was gone, and all was left was the fact that one of the most popular players in recent Canadiens’ history was gone. Weber was, and is still a world class player.

Was the trade a good thing for the Montreal Canadiens? I believe it may be too early to tell. Putting aside injuries to both Weber and Subban, both players have brought success in different ways. Subban reinvigorated Nashville into a hockey town, and brought them to the brink of a Stanley Cup title. While Weber gave the Canadiens the strong, steady anchor at the blueline, and future captain.

While the story around this trade is far from over, an apology is owed to you Marc.

The ways fans reacted to that day was the reaction of emotion rather than logic. Since the emotion of that day has long since past, I think it is time to say sorry for how the fallout was managed. It is over, and we can move on. As passionate as we are about this game, it remains a game.

Some people have not, and will not move on. For some, the trade was personal, and will forever leave a stain on their loyalty to the Canadiens. For others, time heals all wounds, and the rage will pass.

From a fan of this team, who despite my words of rage that have occurred, and will occur again in the past, present, and future,

I am sorry Marc Bergevin

Sincerely yours,
Ben Fraser

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