The Calgary Flames’ GM search seems to be kicking into a higher gear, as some of the names the team could be interviewing to fill their vacant position continue to be reported. A new name that has emerged in the process is that of current Los Angeles Kings executive and former Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. On the 32 Thoughts podcast, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said that he’s “heard Marc Bergevin’s name” connected to the search as the team has narrowed down its list of candidates.
Bergevin, 57, served as general manager of the Canadiens from 2012 to 2022. During his tenure, Bergevin became a bit of a divisive figure in both Montreal market and across the NHL, with nearly every observer seeming to have a strong opinion on his work with the Canadiens. This could be due to the fact that Bergevin made quite a few bold, blockbuster trades, with some that paid off for his franchise (such as the controversial P.K. Subban for Shea Weber swap) and others that cost the team dearly. (Mikhail Sergachev for Jonathan Drouin) Now, a relatively short period removed from his departure from Montreal, it seems Bergevin could be in contention to earn another shot at being an NHL GM. Also worth noting is this news, combined with earlier reports that the Flames are looking to interview Maple Leafs executive Brandon Pridham, reveals that the organization is taking a wide-ranging approach to fielding candidates for their GM opening, as they are reportedly considering both candidates with extensive experience in the role and candidates without any experience as an NHL GM.
More notes from across the NHL:
- New York Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov underwent a minor surgical procedure on his shoulder, reports The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz. The procedure went well, and according to Kurz the procedure is not expected to interrupt Romanov’s readiness for training camp in any way. The 23-year-old defenseman averaged 19:27 time on ice per game in his first season on Long Island and pitched in 22 points. The Islanders traded their 2022 first-round pick to acquire him from Montreal, and have hopes that Romanov can become a long-term staple in their top-four.
- Carolina Hurricanes team reporter Walt Ruff relays word from today’s practice that forward Teuvo Teravainen has shed his yellow non-contact jersey. This is a positive step forward for Teravainen, who has missed most of the Hurricanes’ run to the Eastern Conference Final due to a broken hand. The Hurricanes originally issued a four-to-eight-week timeline for Teravainen’s return, and if today’s news is any indication his return to the ice could be just around the corner, possibly giving coach Rod Brind’Amour’s lineup a major boost.