The changes made by general manager Marc Bergevin seem to have convinced several hockey fans, supporters of the Canadiens or not, about the competence of the staff of the Montreal club, according to the results of a poll released Wednesday.
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The website The Athletic did publish the findings of its annual ranking on the level of public confidence in the management of each of the 31 teams of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge is in 14th place with an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, up six places, while the Colorado Avalanche (4.6) leads. The top 5 is rounded out by the Tampa Bay Lightning (4.4), the Carolina Hurricanes (4.2), the Detroit Red Wings (4.0) and the New York Rangers (3.8). The Arizona Coyotes (1.8) are at the back of the pack.
Still a long way to go
For the Canadian, the degree of confidence continues to increase, because two years ago, the organization held the 30th echelon of this ranking. The acquisitions of Josh Anderson, Jake Allen, Joel Edmundson and Tyler Toffoli are sure to please many fans, but for some, it’s the results on the ice that will prove everything.
“The off season seems to have been good. However, a lot of bets will have to pay to prove that the vision [de l’équipe] is successful and that it’s not just a shuffle, ”commented a respondent to The Athletic.
“Bergevin has received a lot of unwarranted criticism. The majority of his decisions paid off and he had a good offseason. Anderson’s contract is a big question mark, but I’ve learned to moderate my judgment when it comes to changes made by Bergevin, ”said another survey participant.
The clubs were evaluated based on six categories, namely roster composition, payroll management, draft and development, transactions, the free agent market and the big picture.
Regarding the Canadian, his supporters especially appreciated the exchanges (4.2) and the supervision of salaries (4.0). They are less impressed by the draft-development component (3.0) of the club. Fans of other teams who responded about the Habs offered average scores varying between 3.0 and 3.3 for each of the six parameters.