Part 2 of my reviews of General Managers, or as I like to call it, PART FUN!
There’s nothing better than well put together negativity, am I right?!
Anyways, if you missed the positive Part One, you can find that HERE.
(C+) – Marc Bergevin
We can start with what I’ve liked from the Canadiens GM. He’s addressed the team’s defensive depth rather well with the additions of Jordie Benn, Nikita Nesterov, and Brandon Davidson. I loved all 3 of those moves as he snuck away a very solid third pairing guy and 2 players who I could honestly see becoming top 4 d-men down the road (Davidson/Nesterov).
All 3 were very good trades, but my problem with Bergevin is that he did a lot to fix what wasn’t this team’s biggest problem. They need offense, and they failed to obtain that.
On deadline day, it seemed like he was making moves just for the sake of it acquiring Steve Ott, Dwight King and Andreas Martinsen in exchange for Sven Andrighetto, a 4th round pick, and a 6th round pick. All 3 were overpayments in my mind and didn’t address the need for more scoring.
To put it into perspective, that 6th rounder for Ott (3 goals/44.94 CF%) could have landed you P.A. Parenteau (13 goals/50.4 CF%) and that 4th rounder for Dwight King (8 goals/51.07 CF%) could have gotten you Jarome Iginla (8 goals/48.61 CF%). Both the alternatives have a much higher offensive ceiling.
I get adding size was also a priority, but we just witnessed the Pittsburgh Penguins win a Stanley Cup using speed and offense, so getting bigger and slower wasn’t a smart move by Bergevin.
He over-filled one hole in the line-up and ignored a bigger one.
(C) – Pierre Dorion
So let’s start with his one really solid move. Acquiring Mike Condon from the Penguins for a 5th round pick may have actually saved their season. Condon and his 2.55 GAA is a huge reason why the Sens are fighting for top spot in the Atlantic.
Things got worse after that. Word got out that owner Eugene Melnyk had given Dorion the green light to do whatever it takes to make this team compete. So what does Dorion do? He gives up an elite prospect in Johnathan Dahlen for an aging Alex Burrows. Then he overpays to bring in Viktor Stalberg. I don’t know about you, but that’s hardly my idea of doing whatever it takes.
Back to the Dahlen deal, all you need to do is read any scouting report and you’ll see that he’s going to be a top six forward in the not so distant future. That’s a mind-boggling overpayment. Then you factor in that he paid a 3rd rounder for Stalberg, who only had 9 goals in 57 games with Carolina. That pick should have gotten him more in this year’s market.
Two bottom six forwards are hardly my idea of “going for it” and it seems like Dorion made those moves just to say he did something.
(F) – Joe Sakic
The only GM I honestly feel deserves a failing grade.
Although I liked that he didn’t rush to move Duchene or Landeskog, this is a cellar team, and he had to do a better job getting assets for aging vets/UFA’s. John Mitchell, Rene Bourque, and Fedor Tyutin should have been able to fetch Joe Sakic something, and instead, he has three aging vets who will walk after the season.
Outside of his UFA’s, players like Beauchemin and Comeau should have been dealt as well. If Colorado wants to this rebuild right, they need to accumulate assets and frankly, Joe Sakic didn’t do that. It was his one job heading into this deadline and he didn’t accomplish it, so I’m giving him a failing grade. Something has to give in Colorado, and now I’m thinking it might need to be the GM.
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