The dismal 2011-12 season sparked significant turnover in the offices of the Montreal Canadiens. Let go were GM Pierre Gauthier and advisor Bob Gainey, replaced by new General Manager Marc Bergevin and Assistant GM Rick Dudley who join the team from Chicago and Toronto respectively. One of Bergevin’s first priorities was to alleviate some of the workload from Trevor Timmins. Former NHL’ers Martin Lapointe and Patrice Brisebois were brought in to help in the player development department while Scott Mellanby is the new Director of Player Personnel. Timmins was responsible for both of those departments under Gauthier which means he should have more time to solely focus on scouting. Assistant GM Larry Carriere and Director of Hockey Operations Patrick Boivin are the only holdovers from last year.
Bergevin also made several additions to the scouting staff, one that had dwindled in numbers in recent seasons. Hiring recently retired players was a prominent theme as two thirds of the additions are former NHL’ers. Mark Mowers and Ethan Moreau join the pro scouting department while John Madden and Donald Audette were hired as amateur scouts. Bobby Kinsella and Alvin Backus were also added to Timmins’ staff. These hires bring the total number of scouts to 17, the majority of which are assigned to scour the junior and collegiate ranks.