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The acquisition of Christian Dvorak continues to haunt the Canadiens
Credit: He has the onerous task of replacing - along with Cédric Paquette - Kotkaniemi AND Danault.
Marc Bergevin may not have been a perfect general manager.

I apologize!

I should have warned you before I said something like that. I hope you’re not too sore after falling off your chair after reading such a statement.

No, he wasn’t perfect. You only have to look at his draft record to be convinced. But the former Canadiens general manager also had some very interesting strengths that enabled him to last so many years at the team’s helm. Among these was his uncanny ability to evaluate talent in professional players. With the exception of the Jonathan Drouin deal, he’s almost flawless on the deal front. He was either getting fair value for his players, or screwing his counterparts.

The trade of Phillip Danault and a second-round pick who became Alexander Romanov in return for Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise must haunt Stan Bowman’s nights to this day!

Unfortunately for him, his record of achievement has just taken a beating, as we now know all the ins and outs of the deal that brought Christian Dvorak to Montreal.

But before we get into the details, let’s not forget that this trade was made when Marc Bergevin had just refused to match the hostile offer made to Jesperi Kotkaniemi by the Carolina Hurricanes. Bergevin was in desperate need of a center Doug Armstrong smelled blood and didn’t hesitate to make the most of the situation.

The original trade looked like this:

Now we know that the Canadiens’ 2nd-round pick this year was used by the Arizona Coyotes to acquire Sean Durzi, a 24-year-old defenseman who just scored 38 points in 72 games this season.

In the end, Christian Dvorak will have cost the Habs the equivalent of Filip Bystedt and Sean Durzi. It hurts to see it, especially now that everyone agrees that if Kent Hughes finds a way to get rid of Dvorak, it will be a stroke of genius.

In bursts

– The gap between Patrice Bergeron’s number of Selkes and children won’t be closing this year, as his wife will give birth to their 4th child in the next few hours.

– Connor McDavid wins the Ted Lindsay Trophy for the best NHL player according to his peers.

– A second career Lady Byng for Anze Kopitar.

– Matty Beniers is Rookie of the Year.

-Christopher Letang wins the Bill Masterton Trophy.

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