The identity of the next general manager of the Canadian will be known at the beginning of the next week. The news could be announced as early as Monday.
According to what reporter Eric Engels of Sportsnet reported yesterday, Mathieu Darche and Daniel Brière would be two of the three finalists for the position.
Who would be the other?
Reliable sources say it would not be Patrick Roy. The Canadian would not have contacted him for a second interview.
If so, Roy will be disappointed. He is keen on this position, he has made his interest known in the public square.
It could be his last chance to return to the organization, which owes him its last two Stanley Cups.
Unless we see him behind the bench one day? Do we ever know.
Two quality candidates
That said, the other names mentioned for the succession of Marc Bergevin are quality candidates.
Darche and Brière have been employed by National League organizations for several years.
Darche is in his third season as director of hockey operations for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As for Brière, he is president and governor of the Maine Mariners, an ECHL team affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Both men have good academic backgrounds. Darche is a graduate of McGill University in administration with a major in marketing.
At the end of his career with the Canadiens, he obtained a senior management position with Delmar International, a customs and transportation services company.
His duties took him to travel around the world.
Brière holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Finance, an institution overseen by the University of Pennsylvania.
He had a brilliant 17-year career as an NHL player.
A little two on Darche
Between the two, I would say that Darche could be the successful candidate. He has a lot of affinities with Montreal and the Canadiens.
He spent his youth and education in Montreal until he got his first professional contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The removals, that knows it.
After his association with the Blue Jackets, he went through Nashville, San Jose, Tampa Bay and Montreal in the National League, while playing with the farm clubs of these organizations.
A Trio with BriseBois and Boucher
It was Julien BriseBois who opened the doors of the Habs to him. In his first season, he acted as the big brother of CH prospects with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Guy Boucher was the Bulldogs coach, and a chemistry had quickly set in between him and the BriseBois-Darche duo.
The friendship between the three has never wavered. They break the crust together when the occasion lends itself to it during the summer.
Darche was a good soldier during the three seasons he played with the Canadiens. He had his best campaign in 2010-2011 with 12 goals and 26 points.
BriseBois hasn’t been asked to talk about Darche over the past few days.
In an interview with the digital daily The Athletic, he praised his interpersonal skills, his emotional intelligence, his experience of the game and his leadership skills.
Other appointments to come
Finally, we can expect other hirings in the hockey sector very soon.
Martin Lapointe has held the title of director of recruitment for a year, he who was already director of player personnel.
He succeeded Shane Churla who was given the responsibility of amateur recruiting for the Florida Panthers.
However, Trevor Timmins, who was sacked at the same time as Bergevin, has always been recognized as the big boss of amateur recruitment at the Canadian.
It will also be interesting to see if a woman will be called upon to join the hockey sector of the organization.
We talk a lot about Danièle Sauvageau and Émilie Castonguay.
The time has come for the Canadian to get up to speed on the 21e century.