Bergevin started by thanking Michel Therrien for his hard work.
“I made a big decision yesterday by firing Michel. Understand it’s not an easy decision, but I have to do all I can to help this organization. That’s what motivated my decision. I want to express my gratitude towards Michel. We worked together for 5 years, and went through many battles. We always had frank and honest conversations. I want to thank him for all he’s done for this organization, he’s a great coach and I wish him nothing but the best in the future. That being said, my responsibility goes beyond emotions. I reached the conclusion that we were at a turning point for the team, and that’s why I made this decision, in the club’s best interest. I’m convinced I acquired one of the best coaches in the NHL in Claude Julien. “
(translated on the fly from French)
Bergevin: "I have reached the conclusion that we are at the turning point of our team & I am convinced this is in our best interest" #TSN690— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) February 15, 2017
He met with his former coach in person yesterday, although he noted that even if Julien wasn’t on the market, a change was needed.
"Even is Claude wasn't available there was a decision to be made for the team" - Bergevin— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) February 15, 2017
Bergevin: I saw in the recent performances that something was missing.— Heather Engel (@engelheather) February 15, 2017
As for the meeting that took place last week, it was not about Michel Therrien according to Bergevin.
Bergevin affirms his meeting with leadership group in Arizona was not about Therrien and that Therrien suggested he do it alone.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) February 15, 2017
Ownership did not pressure Bergevin into making the change.
#Habs Bergevin says Geoff Molson had "zero" involvement in the decision to change coaches— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) February 15, 2017
That being said, Bergevin is quite happy with the change.
He noted that he’s not interested in trading a guy like Sergachev for a quick fix. (Hallelujah!)
Bergevin says trading Sergachev for "a fix" is not happening.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) February 15, 2017
Willing to sacrifice some of your future?— Heather Engel (@engelheather) February 15, 2017
"Depends on the future. If it's a top prospect, no. That's a short conversation, 20 seconds."
But he wasn’t willing to open up as to why he thinks the Habs faltered.
#Habs Bergevin wouldn't share what areas he felt were deficient that led to MT's firing. "Something was missing," said a lot in its brevity.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) February 15, 2017
Bergevin on what Julien brings: "Strict, fair and firm. That's what the players need these days. Accountability." (Translated from French)— Sean Coleman (@SColemanCTV) February 15, 2017
"At the end of the day we're all human and we all have feelings and it's tough. It was tough yesterday" - Marc Bergevin— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) February 15, 2017
Bergevin made a list of possible replacements, but in the end Julien was clearly the right man for the job.
"J'ai fait une liste mais à la fin de la journée il était clair que Claude Julien était l'homme de la situation." Bergevin— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) February 15, 2017
#Habs Bergevin: After the Boston loss was when he knew changes need to come. (If I translated that correctly).— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) February 15, 2017
As for the Carey Price situation...
#Habs Bergevin on Price losing the confidence of Therrien: "I don't think so, the only person who can really answer that question is Carey."— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) February 15, 2017
Bergevin: "Do I have full confidence in Carey Price? No doubt in my mind." #Habs— Kyle Bukauskas (@SNkylebukauskas) February 15, 2017
#Habs Bergevin concedes Price has had recent ups and downs, but "his game will be on track consistently before you know it."— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) February 15, 2017
Bergevin briefly discussed the deadline.
Elite centremen are not available so it's not gonna happen. - Bergevin on improving the middle via trade.— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) February 15, 2017
And then he was back to discussing his new coach.
Bergevin says Julien signed long term, won't say how many years.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) February 15, 2017
“There was no formal interview. We had a discussion but he was the man for the situation.I already did the legwork."-Bergevin on Julien hire— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) February 15, 2017
Bergevin won't confirm whether or not Gerard Gallant was contacted.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) February 15, 2017
And the final word was quite the endorsement.