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Canucks Interested in Marc Bergevin for GM Role

According to The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy, Marc Bergevin is high up on the list of candidates for the Vancouver Canucks GM job.
Marc Bergevin

Marc Bergevin might not need to leave the country for his next job. 

According to a report by The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy, the Vancouver Canucks are reportedly quite interested in hiring Bergevin for their vacant GM position. 

The news comes just hours after the Canucks underwent a thorough purge of their hockey operations department, dismissing head coach Travis Green and GM Jim Benning, among others.

Bergevin finds himself newly unemployed as well, having been let go from the Montreal Canadiens just last week in a similar front office house cleaning. 

The Canadiens compiled a 344-265-81 record throughout Bergevin's nine years at the helm, including one trip to the Eastern Conference finals in 2014 and a Stanley Cup final appearance this past season. Sandwiched between those two brief flashes of success, however, is a half-decade of mediocrity, during which Bergevin's Habs missed the playoffs three times, finished fifth in their division or lower on three occasions, and only qualified for the 2020 post-season thanks to the NHL inviting 24 of the league's 31 teams to the playoff bubble. 

Cluttering Bergevin's resume as well is a tough drafting track record, with just one of Bergevin's eight first-round picks from the past eight years remaining with the organization today. He freely forfeited a promising prospect in Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa Bay in a lopsided trade and had Jesperi Kotkaniemi poached via an offersheet, among others.

There's certainly a chance that Bergevin has learned from his mistakes in Montreal and a change of scenery will do him quite well. But after eight years of Benning, the Canucks might be intrigued by someone with a troubling number of similarities to their former GM, too. 

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