An Open Letter to Marc Bergevin; Time is Up

Congratulations Marc Bergevin and co! You have finally managed to do it. You have killed my love for the Canadiens. Believe me, that was not an easy thing to do. Yet, somehow, your moronic, cheapskate, and other adjectives that my mother would not approve of, way of operating the team has destroyed any hope I have ever had for the Habs to win, and I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Subban, Weber
Let’s ignore Weber, because as much as the deal sucks, he is not the person we should be angry at. He has done nothing wrong, and deserves a warm welcome to Montreal. For he is about to endure a firestorm that the hockey world has never seen before, and he isn’t the subject of this letter. Let’s talk about the REAL trade that went down yesterday. What Marc Bergevin won’t tell you is that he didn’t trade Subban for Weber…

You traded Subban for Therrien.

From @BwildeCTV

You let your sorry-ass excuse of a hockey coach live in his foxhole all season with no accountability, and not only did you not fire him after the coast was clear, you traded away the face of not only the Canadiens, but the face of the city itself. Montreal lost an icon not only in hockey, but in humanity as well. Imagine having to tell the kids in the Montreal Children’s Hospital that the person who donated 10 MILLION DOLLARS, and spends almost every Sunday with you that he won’t be around anymore, because he was, as Bergevin himself said, “he is different”.

What does that mean Marc? Because he had personality? Because he was talented? Because he didn’t agree with Michel “Dump and Grind” Therrien? We need more than that Marc! You failed big time here, and it won’t be forgiven, not now, not ever. Your tenure as GM has been nothing short of a joke, and you are too full of yourself to admit any wrongdoing. The trade has set the team back years, and the Habs will pay for it, lucky for you, you might not be here much longer.

It’s a good thing you got all those grinders though! Those will make up for it for sure! Oh wait… NO IT WON’T. Time is up, you made your choices and I believed in you, and I have lost my faith in you and the entire organization. You will be dealt with eventually, if not by ownership, (that’s you Geoff Molson) then by the fans and their wallets.


When other players take a trade harshly, especially guys like Gallagher you know it’s a problem.




You have lost me Canadiens, I give up.

Hopefully Subban wins a few cups in Nashville and brings them to Montreal, because that’s the closest the city will ever be to them while you are in charge.

Enjoy being mentioned as one of the worst GM’s in Canadiens history, maybe even in NHL history.

With no due respect,

Ben Fraser


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15 Responses to An Open Letter to Marc Bergevin; Time is Up

  1. first off Ben I don’t know you and you don’t know me but I disagree with everything you talk about this trade made Montreal team better now and very good chance to win a cup, I have been a fan since 1964 don’t just judge on emotion look into the type of player you are getting. yes I do thing we still need a top 6 forward and need to give younger players a chance to play but all and all we have a very good core to work from.

    Kevin Skipper June 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply
    • Kevin ….your hockey IQ is dropping by the minute, this was a terrible trade not because I like PK its because Weber is completely different type of player …more or less Chara like and if you look at Chara (39) he has been mediocre at best for past 2-3 seasons…his production went downhill at the age of 36 ….so Weber being 31 ….Habs can get about 5 years out of Weber …now as for PK

      1. play making
      2. puck possession
      3. first pass
      4. offensive zone time …
      5. 8yrs as oppose to 5 years of good years left

      Weber does none of the 1-4 better or does at all …so tell me why does this trade make Habs any better ? bcos he was being a goof in the locker room ? give me a break Ovi is classic example of how Caps have handled a super star…you trade away your super star bcos your coach and your captain doesnt like him …at worst if Bergevin had gotten at least a prospect or a pick (2nd round at least) …or at least NHL player with Weber…this deal would have been …OK…

      Shane July 6, 2016 at 8:52 am Reply
      • Agreed, they needed to get more than just Weber back. It should not have been a 1v1 deal.

        Michael Gomez July 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm Reply
        • Hey guys,

          while I can’t totally disagree with the fear that Weber could rapidly decline, and that Radulov could be a bust, I also tend to tell to myself: “let’s see what it would be like THIS year”. One year, and we will know. Weber is a great D, and nobody could tell what the future would provide. If we win A cup within the next two years and Weber becomes a 3rd pair D afterwards, personally I don’t give a rat’s ass how great Subban will be. I’m an old school boy, I assume that I don’t like his personality, although I admit he’s a good player. He shoot himself in the legs with his salary demands, I guess. (I think that’s where it started…). I hated the fact that he acted like he thought he was the captain of the team, being the last who leaves the ice and tapping the players… Too much of a “star” for MY taste. And my opinion should value as much as the other’s!
          Personally I’m not convinced that ANYBODY would give a Weber AND a player or pick for Subban. See what we think about Hall, and what his REAL value was!
          Radulov IS a very good player, he wants to prove something and he accepted to come HERE for less money and term than others offered! One year!

          Cristian Moldovan July 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm Reply
          • It’s a salary cap world… win the cup and Weber becoming a 3rd pairing d-man at his price? Yeah you’d care…

            Michael Gomez July 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm
          • @ Michael Gomez
            Yep, you’re right 🙁 I … underestimated things, and exaggerated the importance of the Cup. Although, we have Emelin for 4.1 mil per … The better thing is that if he retires (I’ve heard) is NSH who’s absorbing the bulk of the costs…
            Although… THE Cup would be nice!

            Cristian Moldovan July 7, 2016 at 7:38 pm
          • Yes, Nashville would get hit with some recapture costs.

            Michael Gomez July 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm
          • Radulov took less money to go to Montreal!?!?!? What are you smoking boy? lol No one else wanted to sign because of his contract demands….his old team in the KHL didn’t want to resign him and before the Habs signed him, his outlook was to go play for the expansion KHL team in China…..

            TJ July 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm
          • Well, I’m no “boy”, nor am I smoking 🙂
            That was the news, that he had offers for two years in the NHL. And rumors (yes…) that Moscow would’ve payed him seven Mil per.
            It’s a bet for CH, and I’m ready to bet on him too. Cautiously… 🙂 Are you going to bet against? 🙂

            Cristian Moldovan July 10, 2016 at 11:36 pm
          • Low-risk, high-reward. I say low-risk due to it only being one-year. It may be high-risk because of the baggage that he had before..

            Michael Gomez July 11, 2016 at 11:26 am
  2. Bye, Bye Ben, hope your next team agrees with you.

    Wayne McCrae June 30, 2016 at 9:15 pm Reply
  3. Hey Ben,
    I read quite everything on this blog. If you do, too, you know there is no consensus on any issue about the CH.
    I understand those who found in PK an electrifying player, and all the other things that made guys like you cherish him. There are some whom …hate him for other reasons, AND there are some who are trying to keep it as cool as possible.
    PROBABLY the other solution to make this team work would’ve been to get read of several other players and the coach… Although, about the later, huuh, how I wish he was gone…
    So, let’s hope that Shea Weber brings his “A” game for a couple of years and… hope for the better.

    Cristian Moldovan June 30, 2016 at 10:48 pm Reply
  4. This team is going nowhere even with a solid d-man like Weber. The media clowns are doing handstands trying to convince Habs fans that Alexander Radulov is a top 6 forward. He quit the NHL twice, has a lousy attitude and “proved” himself in a league where NHL castoffs are top scorers. Now at 30 he’s supposed to have “matured”. What a joke. Only the ridiculously uncritical fanbase buys this nonsense. They’ll support the team no matter what. Let’s face it -NOBODY WANTS TO PLAY HERE. Blame the taxes, government, or weather, but Bergevin has to paste together a competitive team from some very slim pickings.

    Paul Rupert July 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm Reply
  5. Dump and chase. Get used to it because we’ll be seeing a lot of it. Should make for some tremendously frustrating and boring hockey.

    Anthony July 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm Reply
  6. It doesn’t matter how much money you have like the Leafs or habs you still have to pay double for players because players don’t want to come to Canada it’s to expensive for them. They get a big chunk of there Paycheck taken away because of taxes and players are left with a lot less than they would if they played in the states. This makes recruiting tougher because let’s be honest it doesn’t matter how legendary your team is the bottom line is always about the money and Canadian Teams aren’t attractive and I’m not saying that’s why subban was traded but it played a part in the decision because they can’t go after free agents like Lucic , okoposo or ladd because somebody will always be more attractive. So then you build through the draft but eventually you run out of cap space to sign young players so you lose them which can lead to a trade to help create a contender but it also creates random trades that gm$ are pressured to do because of business and not sports related reasons. Subban for Weber and Brassard for Zibanejad two random trades that happened because of the littlest bump or negative thing and there’s suddenly a reason trade. Almost always that reason is bullshit but the real reason is they see the trade as it’s all they could of done because they can’t get the big name free agent or sustain the draft long term the scope of bumps and progressive is pin pointed it makes pressure for both the GM or player to move on. And this is the reality all Canadian Teams face is a long-term monetary ability to keep players.

    Tim Manto July 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

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