Canadiens ask for permission to talk to assistant GM Marc Bergevin
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com April 7, 2012 8:00PM
Chicago Blackhawks v Detroit Red Wings
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:55AM
DETROIT — When a team has enjoyed as much success as the Blackhawks have had in the last few seasons, it’s not uncommon for some front-office decision-makers to be sought out by others.
That’s what’s happening with Hawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin.
A source confirmed that the Montreal Canadiens, who fired general manager Pierre Gauthier, have contacted the Hawks about Bergevin. But talks aren’t expected to become fully engaged until the Hawks’ season concludes.
Bergevin, an NHL defenseman for 20 years, has garnered a reputation as a solid talent evaluator with personal connections around the league. He has handled various roles for the Hawks, including being the team’s director of player personnel.
He was promoted to assistant GM in June after Kevin Cheveldayoff left to run the Winnipeg Jets. He’s also been an assistant coach and the Hawks’ director of pro scouting.
Bergevin, who has a reputation as a prankster, is a native of Montreal, which might help his cause with the Canadiens.
Shake and bake
Patrick Kane’s final play of the regular season was one for the highlight reel. He beat Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard with a slow-moving approach and some nifty puckhandling, pulling the puck between his legs and slipping it in the net. It was the only goal of the shootout in the 3-2 victory.
“I’ve never done that before,” said Kane, who saw Pavel Datsyuk miss on a similar move. “I know they were kind of fighting for home ice, but it really didn’t mean anything to our team, so I figured why not try to do something.
“I just tried to do something to try and get the fans out of their seats and score too.”
Emery gets new deal
The Hawks have said they have liked Ray Emery all season. On Saturday they showed it, signing him to a one-year extension worth a reported $1.15 million. Emery signed a one-year, $600,000 deal after being invited to training camp on a tryout offer.
“I came in on a tryout and didn’t know where I’d fit in or if I’d fit in,” said Emery, who had a 15-9-4 record and a 2.81 goals-against average in 34 appearances.
“It’s been a good experience. I really like the city and the team has a lot of potential for the next couple years, especially with the core group of guys they have. I was just excited.”