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What took so lengthy?

Empty seats on the Bell Centre final season with a fan base dropping hope of even a playoff spot — by no means thoughts a 25th Stanley Cup — in all probability inspired proprietor/president Geoff Molson to spend some extra of his beer cash.

During a lengthy interview with Bergevin Monday on TSN 690 Radio, Tony Marinaro requested what took so lengthy?

“It has nothing to do with timing. Once more, you get the possibility to get these gamers out there. For instance, if Columbus doesn’t want a centreman Josh Anderson’s not a Montreal Canadien — I can assure you that,” mentioned Bergevin, who traded Max Domi to the Blue Jackets for Anderson, a 6-foot-Three, 226-pound right-winger. “I wasn’t going to commerce a younger centreman, so there was a match. And I’m conscious for a reality — I do know there’s groups that had been after Josh Anderson, however they didn’t have the match what Columbus was in search of. And you may say to the opposite groups who didn’t get him: ‘Why didn’t you get him?’ It was a match. Folks don’t perceive that. I don’t know what to let you know … that’s the enterprise we’re in. You want a match. Typically you’re speaking to a normal supervisor a couple of participant you want and he’ll simply say flat out: ‘We don’t have a match.’ ”