Julien BriseBois: a comparable contract for Marc Bergevin?

Published September 29, 2021 at 6:40 PM

Since the contract extension that Julien BriseBois signed yesterday, the rumor machine has started up again regarding the next contract of Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

After the information revealed by Pierre LeBrun, according to which no agreement has been reached yet, it is now the turn of analyst Eric Engels to add his opinion on the matter. As LeBrun had explained the day before, Engels is convinced that the Canadiens staff wants to avoid that this file drags on in order not to affect the energy of the team during the season.

He believes that the negotiations could be completed soon and it would be very surprising, according to him, if they were to extend until the season opener on October 13 against the Maple Leafs.

Engels also believes that Bergevin's next contract could be similar to the one signed by Julien BriseBois, a five-year deal worth about $3.5 million annually.

The reason for this view is that while he hasn't won two Stanley Cup in a row like his Florida counterpart, Bergevin has done a colossal job, in a market where it's very difficult to please everyone, since he took over in 2012.

Finally, Engels says that if Bergevin were to leave the Habs organization, he would undoubtedly be a man in demand around the National Hockey League, which could give him some advantage in his negotiations with Geoff Molson.

In short, if Engels' words are true, we should find out very soon what will come out of these negotiations, but there could be a lot of rumors in the meantime...
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