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“You go through tough stretches and people want to pick your pocket,” Bergevin said Wednesday. “You know some guys are better than they are playing and what you’re talking about getting in return is not going to help you, so making a move just to make a move isn’t going to make any difference.
“I’m not going to make a panic move.”
Happily for Bergevin, the Canadiens (2-6-1) ended their seven-game losing streak and saw their offence finally break out with a 5-1 win at home over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. At least for one night, goalie Carey Price was his old self again, while snake-bitten forwards Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk found the net.
?They will try to make it two in a row when the Los Angeles Kings visit the Bell Centre on Thursday night.
The local media had requested that Bergevin be made available earlier this week, when all was doom and gloom around the team. After the win, the GM, who usually meets with the media only a few times per season, agreed to talk.
“I told the guys that the answer’s in that room,” said Bergevin, who addressed the team at the end of a three-game west coast trip that ended with a 6-2 loss Friday night in Anaheim. “We watch the tapes and we see where the breakdowns are.
“Sometimes they’re the smallest breakdowns and it’s in our net. And then it affects your confidence. It may not be what people want to hear but it’s reality. You could play with a bad foot or a bad hand, but no confidence? It’s obvious.”
“Sometimes I see a young player who is looking for answers somewhere else instead of taking it upon himself. When you talk to the kid about it he understands, so he’s aware of it. He needs to find the little things that make him score. Not thinking about scoring but about the process. Sometimes you think you’re working but you may not be working as hard as you can.”
A more troubling report came Monday night when Mario Tremblay, a former Canadiens player and coach, said on a radio broadcast that Galchenyuk had off-ice troubles and that he had even been in the league’s substance abuse rehab program.
Galchenyuk had no comment when approached by reporters after the Florida game. Bergevin did not confirm or deny it, saying the team wouldn’t know even if it was true.
“Nobody knows and that’s why the program is called confidential and that’s why we don’t comment on any of that stuff. They’re trying to help the player if the player needs help. And again, it could be one player, it could be 10 players. We wouldn’t know.”
Bergevin had good news for rookie defenceman Victor Mete. The 19-year-old from the London Knights is to play his 10th NHL game, which will activate the first year of his entry-level contract. The speedy defender has been impressive on the top pair with veteran Shea Weber.
“As long as he performs like that, he’ll stay in Montreal,” said Bergevin.