Q loses an ally with Bergevin's move

CHICAGO -- The loss of former Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin could have some far-reaching effects.

Bergevin was named the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, which means coach Joel Quenneville has lost a front office ally.

Bergevin and Quenenville are tight, the former having played for the latter. And Bergevin helped bring Quenneville into the organization where he was a scout for one month before being named head coach.

Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman may not have seen eye to eye on all matters this past season, which might not be that unusual during a year that saw unexpected turmoil on the ice.

At one point, Director of Player Development Barry Smith was asked to help with some coaching -- but not by Quenneville, according to multiple sources. That directive came from above. And at the team’s year-end press conference last week, Quenneville talked highly of Marcus Kruger’s job as the team’s second line center while Bowman said that Kane might be the best candidate for that position moving forward.

No two people are going to feel the same about personnel decisions but without Bergevin in the front office Quenneville won’t have as strong a voice. Of course, if there is ever a coaching change within the Blackhawks, Quenneville could find an easy landing spot in Montreal.