A press conference will be held at 2:00pm ET on Wednesday to officially make the announcement that Marc Bergevin will be the new GM of the Montreal Canadiens.
He is replacing Pierre Gauthier, who was fired on March 29th with just five games remaining in the regular season.
Bergevin has been retired as a player since the end of the 2003-04 season. His next move was to the Chicago Blackhawks front office. In 2008 he became Assistant Coach for the Blackhawks, following three seasons with their scouting staff. In July, 2009, he was appointed the team’s Director of Player Personnel, during which time they won the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks won the cup in 2010 after five years of Bergevin working to build the team.
In 2011, Bergevin was promoted to assistant General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks and on May 2, 2012 at 2:00pm he will officially be named the new GM of the Montreal Canadiens.
Bergevin has many tough decisions ahead of him in Montreal. They missed they playoffs for the first time since 2007 following a season plagued with injuries. The issue of what to do with under-performing center Scott Gomez will be at the top of his list. With his annual US $7.3 million salary cap hit, fans believe that Gomez will either be shunned to the minor leagues or bought out.