Jack Todd: Bergevin’s low season gambles have paid off handsomely — to this point

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In case you have a time machine helpful, you may wish to take this Canadiens group, return to final summer time, and play the Philadelphia Flyers once more.

As a result of these Canadiens take these Flyers in 5 video games.

Or much less.

That collection ended Aug. 21, with the Flyers profitable Recreation 6, Three-2, to take the collection 4 video games to 2. It was an ethical victory for the Canadiens, who had completed 24th within the common season, made probably the most of a brand new lease on life with the pandemic playoffs, taken out Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins and given the Flyers all they may deal with.

Ethical victories are going to take you solely to this point, particularly on this market — however the battles with the Penguins and Flyers have been the primary stable indication that there was actual potential in a group that had, for 2 seasons, been lower than the sum of its components.

It’s what has occurred since that may have them learning the Canadiens’ low season in general-manager faculty for many years. GMs normally make their strikes patiently, separately, as Marc Bergevin has prior to now.