Montreal Canadiens sign general manager Bergevin to 2021-22 season

Montreal Canadiens sign general manager Bergevin to 2021-22 season

Main pic: Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin speaks to the media at a press conference Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Brossard, Que. The Montreal Canadiens have signed general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin to a multi-year contract extension through the end of the 2021-22 season. The Canadiens have made the playoffs in three straight seasons under Bergevin’s watch, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference final in 2013-14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz.

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens have signed general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin to a multi-year contract extension through the end of the 2021-22 season.

The Canadiens have made the playoffs in three straight seasons under Bergevin’s watch, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference final in 2013-14.

Bergevin took over Montreal’s vacant general manager position on May 2, 2012 and quickly turned a franchise that finished with just 78 points in 2011-12 under Pierre Gauthier, who was fired near the end of that season.

The Canadiens have posted a 141-68-25 record under Bergevin, ranking third in the NHL in wins over that span.

“I am very pleased to announce that Marc accepted a multi-year contract extension and that he will remain our general manager until the end of the 2021-22 season,” team owner and president Geoff Molson said in a statement. “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.

“Marc is an excellent general manager 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.”

Bergevin, a 50-year-old Montreal native, has managed to get several of the Canadiens’ core players under long-term contracts. He signed superstar goaltender Carey Price to a six-year, US$39-million deal shortly after taking over the club in 2012, and agreed to an eight-year, $72-million deal with defenceman P.K Subban before the 2014-15 season.

Forward Brendan Gallagher is in the first year of a six-year, $22.5-million contract, and defenceman Jeff Petry was lured back to Montreal with a six-year, $33-million deal after Bergevin acquired him from Edmonton at last season’s trade deadline.

The Canadian Press

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