Last night, my beautiful girlfriend and I attended the Habs and Sens game at Scotia Bank Place. What a great game to watch. There may not have been a bench-clearing brawl, or a lot of highlight-reel goals to enjoy, but we both enjoyed the game very much. It was awesome to cheer and chant louder than the Sens fans did. More than half the crowd in attendance were Habs fans, so you could barely call last night’s game a “road game”.
Taking in NHL games in the arenas is so much different than simply enjoying the game at home on TV. You see the players faces and hear every sound whether it be a tape-to-tape pass, or a bone crushing hit along the boards; no home theater system can give you the experience of actually being at the game. Being at the game last night, I got to see my team first hand and get a different perspective than I otherwise normally would.
Now, one player who didn’t seem to preform any differently from TV to real life was Erik Cole – who has just been traded to the Dallas Stars as I was typing this.
I am not a pro scout, but clearly Erik Cole’s statistics did not tell the whole story. In fact, I would say he was one of the players who struggled to preform on a regular basis. He just was not the same player he was last year. I don’t just mean that his offense was lacking, but also his puck pursuit and his forechecking was scarce. Cole has not been throwing his weight around like he was last year.
I will not be addressing the Cole trade so much as I’m sure you all have read plenty of articles and write-ups on this trade, so I promise not to bore you.
“#inBergevinWeTrust” This hash tag has become very popular over the last hour or so, and I myself have used it numerous times. It is such a simple gesture but such a true statement. Marc Bergevin has made a butt-load of “bold” moves so far during his tenure as General Manager of the Canadiens, and clearly tonight’s trade falls into that category. The hiring of ex-Habs coach Michel Therrien, buying out Scott Gomez, the PK Subban contract and now his first major trade as acting GM of the Habs.
Bergevin is clearly a wise man. Quickly surrounding himself with dozens of ex-NHLers in his pressbox, scouting roles and coaching duties. He has built himself a very strong, proud and healthy NHL franchise. Now of course he has made some bold moves, but I would say that these moves have also been debated and agreed upon with the rest of his management group. Bergevin is anything but a dictator, but make no mistake, this is his ship, and he is the captain.
Bergevin’s Habs are set for the future. As the rest of us here on AATH have preached, the Habs prospect pool is ridiculously deep, and with the two extra second round and one extra third round picks Bergevin has to draft with this spring in New Jersey, we might as well consider our prospect pool as deep as the Atlantic Ocean. One may argue with the seeding of the Hamilton Bulldogs, but that is a lazy argument and I need not to repeat myself on the ‘Dogs season struggles.
To give a grade to Marc Bergevin is pretty much impossible simply because it is still his first season as GM, not to mention it’s a shortened season. However, If you told me last June that the Habs would be in 1st place in the East, Gomez is a San Jose Shark, Ryder is a Hab again and Therrien is the coach again, I would have laughed at you. Bergevin has clearly exceeded any expectations put on him.
Marc doesn’t treat his job like “Be A GM Mode” on NHL13, Marc takes his job seriously and wants nothing else than to bring the Stanley Cup back home to Montreal.