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Dreger: GMs Acknowledge Bergevin’s ‘Sense Of Desperation’

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Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Thursday morning.

As part of a larger discussion on the Montreal Canadiens:

“What first needs to be determined is who is actually in play from Montreal’s perspective, and that isn’t clear, guys. It’s not clear yet. There have been Galchenyuk rumors in relation to Jonathan Drouin. This guy’s name has popped out. But it’s all speculation.

“I’ve talked to a number of GMs, and they will acknowledge that there is a sense of desperation coming from Marc Bergevin, but he’s in a precarious spot. Teams aren’t lining up to help the Montreal Canadiens. That’s just not the reality of working things through when you’re a team that’s dealing from a position of weakness. They’ll throw him the boat anchor, but they’re not going to throw him the life preserver in this process. So any deal he makes is going to be a tough one.

“I’m starting to think maybe Montreal just sits there. Stands pat. If this season is going to go up in smoke, as it appears it might based on the last couple of games they played or didn’t play against the Columbus Blue Jackets, then put yourself in that position for a draft pick. I know the fan base isn’t going to want to hear that, but Bergevin has already declared he’s not firing his coach. If he can’t find a suitable trade, or he doesn’t want to give up the assets just for the sake of making a trade, maybe the silver lining is you continue to drop and all of the sudden you slide into a top 10 spot or higher at the draft.”

Source: TSN 690/ Transcript: Nichols

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