We have not heard a peep or had a PG sighting since he got fired. For all we know, he could still be sitting in the office completely oblivious to the fact that he was released. So MB's first move could be to tell PG to GTFO.
1. Hiring a coach
2. Drafting with the third overall pick
3. Re-signing our own free agents
4. Maybe signing a star UFA
He's going to be conservative until he gets a firm grasp on the team and what the players are capable. Martin's era didn't do much for a lot of the youngsters, they're all going to want to prove their worth. Pleks too.
You guys think the fact that Bergevin is our GM might intrigue a few star players?
Just to put it in a concrete situation..
If the Gauthier offered X$ for Y Years to Parise
and if Bergevin offered X$ for Y Years to Parise
Would it be possible that Parise would say no to Habs with Gauthier as a GM, and Yes with Bergevin as a GM?
I sure hope so. I'm thinking he's definitely going to go for Parise. I'm not saying he's going to convince him but I think he might be able to.
Parise has french canadian origins (''not this again!'' I know..), he seems like the kind of guy that could be affected by arguments about how great and glorious the history of this team is and I'm pretty sure Gionta could say a few words to him.