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Canadiens execute shocking overhaul of front office after worst start in franchise history

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The Montreal Canadiens are having a very difficult season, enduring the team’s worst start in franchise history. The Canadiens are 6-15-2 over their first 23 games of the season. ESPN’s NHL reporter Kristin Shilten reported that Sunday, they fired their general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin. Montreal also fired assistant general manager Trevor Timmins, as well as senior vice president of public affairs and communications Paul Wilson.

The former New York Rangers executive vice president Jeff Gorton has been hired to serve as executive vice president of hockey operations.

The Canadiens are coming off a shocking appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals last season. They snuck into the post season and went on an unexpected run. Ultimately, the Canadiens fell to the two time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canadiens were looking to become the first team based in Canada to win the Stanley Cup since Montreal won the Cup back in 1993.

Unfortunately for the Canadiens, last season’s success did not carry over to this season. The proud franchise has fallen back to the bottom of the league this season. That prompted massive change in the organization.

After his dismissal, Marc Bergevin released a statement.

Bergevin joined the Canadiens in 2012. The team struggled for many seasons but after last season’s deep run, it was thought that he might have saved his job for at least another season. But with how bad the team has played this season, ownership felt it needed a major overhaul.