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Canadiens reward ‘excellent' GM Bergevin with multi-year extension

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Canadiens reward ‘excellent' GM Bergevin with multi-year extension

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Marc Bergevin has built a Montreal Canadiens team that has made the post-season in three consecutive seasons and look like a serious Stanley Cup contender this season. Wednesday, the Canadiens announced they have signed Bergevin to a multi-year extension that will keep him at the helm until 2021-22.

Marc Bergevin took over as the Montreal Canadiens’ GM in May 2012, and has since built a team that has made the post-season for three consecutive seasons and has been a strong contender for the Stanley Cup in each of the past two campaigns. Bergevin’s hard work hasn’t been lost on the Canadiens, as the club announced Wednesday they have signed him to a multi-year contract extension.

Per the Canadiens, Bergevin’s new extension will keep him with the organization through to the end of the 2021-22 season. This season marks the fourth year of Bergevin’s five-year deal as Montreal’s GM, and the extension adds another four seasons to his post at the helm of one of the league’s most storied franchises.

“This new agreement brings added stability for our organization and particularly for our hockey operations. It enables us to continue our efforts in giving our fans a winning team,” said Canadiens president and CEO Geoff Molson. “Marc is an excellent GM who quickly made an impact in the league with his leadership skills and his ability to identify the needs and find the personnel to assemble a championship team. I am very pleased with his work and the results he has achieved since his appointment as GM.”

Before coming to the Canadiens, Bergevin was an assistant GM with the Chicago Blackhawks, but left the club in 2012. Upon his hiring by the Canadiens in May 2012, Bergevin said the team had a good nucleus — players such as Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty were all on the roster. Bergevin has since built around that core and turned the Canadiens into one of the frontrunners for the Stanley Cup this season.

One of Bergevin’s first moves as GM in Montreal was to bring Michel Therrien, who had coached the Canadiens from 2000 to 2003, back into the fold as the Habs coach. In his three seasons as coach, Therrien has led the club to two division titles and one Eastern Conference final.

Some of Bergevin’s moves during his tenure include the acquisitions of Dale Weise and big deadline deals such as acquiring Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders in March 2014. However, Bergevin is coming off of arguably his most successful season as the man behind the roster, having acquired Torrey Mitchell, Brian Flynn and Jeff Petry at the 2015 trade deadline, all of whom have re-signed with the Canadiens this past off-season. Bergevin and Co. were also responsible for drafting Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall pick at the 2012 entry draft. No player from that draft has played more games than Galchenyuk, nor has anyone outscored or outproduced his 45 goals and 117 points.

Bergevin has also had an eye for snagging talent in free agency. This off-season, Bergevin made the savvy signing of Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year, $750,000 contract and he has been dynamite for Montreal, scoring seven goals and 15 points in 22 games. Mike Condon, who started during Price’s recent injury, was also a free-agent signing in May 2013.

Montreal boasts the third-best point total in the NHL since Bergevin took over. Under his guidance, the Canadiens have a 141-68-25 record, good for the fourth-best points percentage of any team in the league. Bergevin’s clubs have also been some of the best defensive squads, averaging just 2.38 goals-against per game, which ranks sixth in the NHL since 2012.

The Habs have won three playoff series under Bergevin and came within two victories of heading to the Stanley Cup final in 2013-14. In each of the past two seasons, the Canadiens lost to the eventual Stanley Cup runner-up.

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Canadiens reward ‘excellent' GM Bergevin with multi-year extension