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08-02-2013, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Habnot View Post
Bergevin deserves an A+ for his first year. The structural and organization changes outweigh the singular moves the armchair GM's would lead you to believe.

1. He has added depth and hockey experience in every department of the organization. Player development, advisers, pro scouts, amateur scouts - you name it - he's added. And all experienced hockey guys. We went from probably the thinnest organization that was controlled by one guy, to a deep structure with trusted professionals are given much more leeway.

2. Hasn't traded a single draft pick - added a few himself. (Actually I stand corrected - he traded our seventh this year for Florida's seventh next year)

3. Made development a key organizational objective with the addition of resources (see #1) and not rushing players to the NHL.

4. Clearly changing the culture of the dressing room and team. From sticking to his guns on Subban, by adding Prust and Parros, by drafting size he has remained true to his word that change will come but mostly from within (draft) and adding complimentary pieces through UFA.

5. Held steady on UFA contracts especially in term.

This is what builds champions - not *****ing about DD. Bergevin is all about the big picture while trying to achieve the most success immediately without compromising the future. This is the most important attribute of a good GM, and Bergevin has this in spades.
2. Not that it matters much but he also traded a 5th round pick for Drewiskie.

3. How can you say he didn't rush players to the NHL when we had an 18-19 year old Galchenyuk playing right after he was drafted, and a 20 year Gallagher who spent half a season in the AHL (And possibly would have skipped that if the season had started on time).

4. Forcing Subban to hold out was a mistake.

5. If we look at his overall work in contract negotiations he hasn't done particularly well. Has overpaid for the majority of players.

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