Marc Bergevin Making All The Right Moves

Robert Lafleur May 28, 2012 2
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“Omne trium perfectum.” Everything that comes in threes is perfect. Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin hired the third of his “three wise men” today naming Scott Mellanby to the position of Director of Player Personnel. This appointment follows the hiring of Bobby Kinsella on Thursday, and Rick Dudley on Friday.

“We are extremely happy to have Scott Mellanby joining the Canadiens organization. Scott has an impressive background and a commanding knowledge of the league, having played for 21 seasons in the NHL before holding various management positions over the last four years. Scott is known for his character and his leadership, which made him a great team captain during six seasons with the Florida Panthers and the Atlanta Thrashers. He has extensive knowledge of the game, is well respected in the hockey circles and will become an important asset for our organization,” announced Bergevin, who played with Mellanby in St. Louis.

Mellanby was born in Montreal and grew up in Toronto, where his father, Ralph Mellanby, was the executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada for many years, and the man responsible for the hiring of Don Cherry for HNIC. Scott Mellanby played 21 seasons for five teams in the NHL before retiring in 2007. He finished his career playing in 1,431 games, twenty-third on the NHL’s all-time list. Since then he’s been a scout and special assistant to Vancouver GM Mike Gillis and spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues.

“It’s a great honour to be involved and a part of this organization that’s the greatest franchise in the history of our sport. I grew up idolizing the Canadiens and Guy Lafleur. I call Dick Irvin, uncle. I couldn’t be prouder and honoured to be part of this organization.” Mellanby said. “When you play 21 years in the NHL, I don’t care if you’re a broadcaster or coach or a scout. I don’t care if you’re an owner. And I say this with all due respect, there’s one great job in hockey and that’s being a player, but you can’t play forever and my passion now is in the building process and evaluating process and that’s what I want to be part of.”

As of now, it looks like Mellanby will look after the development of players in the Canadiens’ system and Trevor Timmons, Director of Player Procurement and Development, will concentrate on the amateur side of things.

All The Right Moves

Marc Beregevin is making all the right moves, surrounding himself with all the right people. These are guys he knows and trusts, buddies; but, more importantly, highly respected and knowledgeable in their fields. Bergevin’s played with Mellanby, he’s worked with Dudley. Dudley’s played with Larry Carriere. Kinsella scouted Max Pacioretty. 

Next Up – Coach

Bergevin’s got one more big hire left to make and sources say either Bob Hartley or Michel Therrien will be the new head coach of the Habs. For my money, Michel Therrien, should be the choice. For all his faults, he’s a damn good coach and motivator. In 2002, after missing the playoffs the previous two years, Therrien took a not-so-great Habs team into the playoffs and knocked off the first place Bruins in the first round. In 2008, Therrien took the Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals. 

I am getting a good feeling, looking and the quality and integrity of the new hires, this is going to be one Habs team that’s not going to be pushed around anymore