As all Montreal fans know, the Canadiens have won more Stanley Cup finals (23) than any other hockey club across the league. However, Montreal fans are equally aware that they have not seen their team hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup since 1993. Not to worry—new general manager Marc Bergevin is well on his way to directing the Canadiens back to their first Stanley Cup final in nearly two decades.
Bergevin took over the Canadiens' GM duties in early May, and has since orchestrated some deals that will be key to Montreal’s success. He revamped the coaching staff, bringing in new head coach Michel Therrien, as well as assistants Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Gerard Gallant and Clement Jodoin.
Bergevin also made a couple key personnel moves, such as signing goaltender Carey Price to a six-year, $39 million contract extension, and drafting 18-year-old OHL standout Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall pick of the 2012 NHL draft. Bergevin has also made some underrated roster moves, re-signing some of last year’s pivotal role players, as well as bringing in forward Brandon Prust on a four-year, $10 million deal.
While Bergevin seems to be on the right track, a lot of work still needs to be done before October. Highlighted in this article are the top five things Bergevin has yet to cross off his offseason to-do list.