BigTed3 Posted February 24, 2018 Report Share Posted February 24, 2018 What was Marc Bergevin's biggest mistake? There have been a lot of them, ranging from gigantic blunders in evaluation of talent (signing Alzner) to putting his own ego ahead of the on-ice product (Subban for Weber, hiring his friends to be coaches, etc.) to losing stand-offs with players (Radulov, Markov, etc.) to just giving away assets for guys who can't even play in the NHL (King, Ott, Nesterov, Martinsen, etc.) to signing guys who just don't have it (Morrow, Hemsky, Streit, etc.) and so on... here are my grades of some of MB's biggest moves (those involving NHL players) from top to bottom: - Colberg and a 2nd for Vanek and a 5th: A... a surprise trade to acquire the best deadline asset available. - A 2nd and 4th for Petry: A... a steal of a player, one of the few great trades MB made. - Weise and Fleischmann for Danault and a 2nd: A... got two good assets for two not-good assets. - Desharnais for Davidson: B+... we got rid of a player we didn't need for an asset. Too bad we then went on to waive the asset for nothing and then saw that asset traded for a 3rd round pick that we could have had for ourselves. Even a good trade turns into mismanagement. - Gorges for a 2nd: B+... turned a declining asset into a decent pick. - Cole for Ryder and a 3rd: B+... got out of a bad contract, but then turned around and gave the money we saved to Briere afterwards. - Montoya for a conditional 4th: B+... turned an asset we didn't need into something. - Diaz for Weise: B... worked out well, albeit I don't know why we hated Diaz so much. - 5th rd pick for Weaver: B... got a serviceable D man. - Desjardins for Tokarski: B... got the better of the two goalies, who helped us a bit when Price was hurt. - Nevins and a 7th for Mitchell: B... got a serviceable 4th line center for nothing, essentially. - Sergachev for Drouin: B-... thankfully, we didn't lose the 3nd round pick. I don't hate the trade as a thought, but MB needed to follow this up with a deal for another center and he didn't. So instead, we tried to force a square peg in a round hole and have suffered for it. And we gave up an asset at a position we were already weak in. The trade in isolation isn't awful, but the meta-analysis behind it was putrid. - Redmond for Deslauriers: B-... got a serviceable 4th liner for nothing. - Moen for Gonchar: B-... got out of a bad contract, even if for a nothing return. - Prust for Kassian and a 5th: B-... got the younger guy and a pick! But then (see below) dumped the young guy for nothing. - Mitchell for a 5th: B-... turned a declining asset into a lower round pick. - Briere for PAP and a 5th: C+... one past his prime player for another, but we got a draft pick out of it. - Eller for two 2nd's: C+... not a bad return, just didn't make any sense to give up Eller to fit in shaw. - Beaulieu for a 3rd: C-... why did we protect Benn over Beaulieu? Why did we give up one of our few LH puck-moving D men when we had none? - Two 2nd's for Shaw: C-... we lose this trade. DeBrincat and Girard are the two guys TT said he would have chosen, and they would be worth more than Shaw. That said, Shaw has been decent this year and may have trade value if MB were willing to part with him. - Budaj and Holland for Tangredi: D... not that the guys we gave up had value, but why add a goon to your organization? - Jerabek for a 5th rd pick: D... why give up on Jerabek so quickly? - Pateryn and a 4th for Benn: D... looked ok last year, but in the end, we gave up the better, younger player and a draft pick. - Subban for Weber: D... you give away our best position player for a guy who is good but inferior in almost every way. There's no angle here to defend the trade, so despite not being the worst asset acquired, it's one of least defensible deals. - Sekac for DSP: D... why give up on Sekac when he had played well with Eller? Why give the signal to other UFA's that you'll lure them and then trade them away right away? - DSP for Matteau: D... DSP has done ok since being dealt. Matteau has been worse, albeit this wasn't an earth-shattering trade either way. - 6th rd pick for Ott: D... Ott did okay in the playoffs, but this was pretty much a waste of a pick. - a 5th rd pick for Flynn: D... we didn't need Flynn. We had guys like him (Bournival for example) who could have done the same job already. - 4th rd pick for King: F... what a useless trade for a useless player, who not only brought nothing but stole ice time from better players. and it could have been even worse if we had re-signed him and the pick became a 3rd rounder. - Kassian for Scrivens: F... Scrivens proved he wasn't goo enough to be in the NHL. MB jumped all over Kassian for being a passenger in a car wreck and gave up an NHL asset for one that couldn't stick. - Tinordi and Fournier for John Scott and Victor Bartley: F... we gave up little, but the deal was just bizarre. The Habs killed Tinordi's value and they dealt him for a goon and a guy who had just gone unclaimed on waivers. Bizarre asset management. - Andrighetto for Martinsen: F... fail to give a skill guy a chance, then dump him for a guy who has size but no puck skill, who is then in turn dumped. - 5th rounder for Schlemko: F... seemed like an ok trade at the time, but Schlemko has been a disaster on an overpaid deal. When you look at these, you can see MB made two really good trades to get Petry and Danault. But otherwise, most of his deals have been tinkering with depth players or making deals to get out from previous bad decisions he had made. Or they've been trades that simply made our team worse. And none of these trades takes into account his UFA work, which has been putrid in itself, with guys like Hemsky, Streit, Morrow, and so on. His occasion good finds like Radulov lasted short-term and ended in disaster anyways. So looking at this body of work, it's clear Bergevin has done little to advance the team and more to harm it than anything. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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