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Marc Bergevin named finalist for Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award

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The Canadiens’ GM has been voted one of the three best in the league for the 2020-21 season.

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As the NHL is revealing the winners of its individual awards from the regular season, today it announced the finalists for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award. Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is one of the three finalists.

This is Bergevin’s third time making the shortlist for the award introduced for the 2009-10 NHL season. He finished third in voting in his first year on the job in 2013, then came in second the next season.

The winner of the award will be announced on June 22.

The voting for the award is completed following the second round of the playoffs, so results typically favour teams that make the final four. However, Bergevin has been in the conversation since an off-season that dramatically altered the makeup of the team.

There were several key transactions since the end of last season that put the GM on the map. He made a trade of Max Domi, who had been relegated to fourth-line duty, for Josh Anderson, who responded with a 17-goal regular season. He also acquired the negotiation rights to Joel Edmundson before the free agency period opened, and got a signature on a four-year contract for a player who has proved a very steady defender.

There was a surprising signing of Tyler Toffoli a few days into free agency, locking up one of the most sought-after players to a similar four-year deal. Toffoli led the team in both goals (28) and points (44) in the regular season, and currently has 12 points in 13 post-season games to pace the club once more.

A late signing of Corey Perry before the season has proven to be critical to the Habs’ post-season run, as has a trade-deadline deal for Eric Staal. Both veterans are now in the top five for playoff scoring on the team, and part of an effective fourth line.

Bergevin gave extensions to Jeff Petry, Brendan Gallagher, and Jake Evans. Entry-level contracts were handed out to 2020 first-round pick Kaiden Guhle, second-round selection Jan Mysak, sparkplug forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, promising blue-liner Gianni Fairbrother, top defence prospect Mattias Norlinder, and, most significant of all, Cole Caufield. who has been one of the top players for the team in the post-season after just beginning his pro career on April 9.

The year also saw defencemen Noah Juulsen and Victor Mete lost on waivers after signing one-year deals. Other acquisitions were Michael Frolik, Jon Merrill, and Erik Gustafsson, all of whom have seen part-time roles in the NHL since coming aboard.