Trevor Timmins has been the one and only constant presence in the Canadiens hockey department over the last eleven years. Considering his record at the NHL entry draft, relieving him of his duties during the major rebuilding of the front office under the direction of Marc Bergevin would have been an act of insanity. As we’ve seen, Bergevin has a firm hold on his faculties and today he announced a contract extension for the team’s director of amateur scouting.
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The Canadiens have always had the policy of drafting the best available player on their list rather than opting for position. Because of the fixation the rest of the league had on defensemen, Trevor Timmins and his staff found themselves in position to draft forwards who had seemed to slip through the cracks starting with first round choice Alexander Galchenyuk who was available because Columbus opted for a defense prospect.
In just over six weeks Marc Bergevin has filled eight administrative positions while juggling the issues surrounding a total of more than a dozen free agents. For the most part, he gets a passing grade for sticking to a management game plan.
We knew almost from the day that Marc Bergevin was hired as Canadiens general manager that Martin Lapointe would be joining him. There were rumours it might be an assistant coaching position but now it’s being reported he’ll be part of what is becoming a bloated team executive.
The Canadiens make no attempt to negotiate with Bob Hartley who may have been the best of a poor crop of coaching candidates. Alexander Galchenyuk dazzles at the Scouting Combine. Trevor Timmins talks about the pressures of drafting third overall.
The Canadiens front office can be faulted for any number of blunders but, outside of making defenseman David Fischer an ill-advised first round draft pick in 2006, it’s hard to lay blame at the feet of Canadiens director of player procurement Trevor Timmins and his staff. Once again, Timmins will be front and centre at this year’s NHL entry draft.