Breaking down the 5 rumored candidates to become the next GM of the Blue Jackets

We're finally starting to see some names leak to potentially the vacant GM position for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Round One
2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Round One / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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Marc Bergevin

Speaking of names I like even less, Marc Bergevin would honestly be one of my last choices to run this team.

The best analogy I can come up with here is the Blue Jackets team from, say, 2013-2020. That was a team that was mostly stacked full of middle-of-the-lineup talent.

They hired a coach who squeezed every ounce of everything out of that roster. They added a couple of cornerstone pieces ... and maxed out as a middle of the pack team.

That's exactly what Marc Bergevin did in Montreal.

The Canadiens did make one Stanley Cup Finals appearance under his leadership, but I'm always quick to point out that this happened in the COVID bubble year, when they didn't face a standard playoff format.

And, they did it on the back of a Hall of Fame goaltender that was already in place when Bergevin was hired.

If you need any more convincing, just look at his trade history for the Habs. There is a whole lot of "mid" going on here, and I'm in no hurry to see the Blue Jackets become a heavy, slogging neutral zone team again.

8th seed in the East, here we come!

No thanks. I don't want Marc Bergevin anywhere near our front office. I don't even want to talk about him any more. Let's look at a candidate who might actually make sense here.