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Montreal Canadiens Hire Nick Bobrov and Vincent Lecavalier

Vincent Lecavalier, along with Nick Bobrov will join the Montreal Canadiens in executive hockey operations roles.

The Montreal Canadiens were rumored to be interested in adding Vincent Lecavalier to their hockey operations staff and on Friday the team officially hired the former player. Lecavalier, along with Nick Bobrov will join the team in executive roles.

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As per Pierre LeBrun, the Lecavalier role is similar to Scott Niedermayer’s recent appointment in Anaheim. Bobrov will serve as co-director of amateur scouting while Lecavalier becomes a special adviser to hockey operations.

Bobrov worked alongside Jeff Gorton in the New York Rangers organization and was helpful in their quick rebuild. Meanwhile, Lecavalier was a long-time client of GM Kent Hughes and Hughes has been public about his praise for the former player who will bring leadership and energy to the role. Eric Engels said of the Lecavalier hire:

A good opportunity for him to learn and grow in hockey ops while advising Gorton and Hughes from a player’s perspective. He’ll likely get to do his job without moving to Montreal. Canadiens fans wanted him for so long. Now he’s here.

Each Brings Something Different to the Canadiens

What’s interesting is the different elements each brings to the team. Lecavalier comes without any front office experience but brings 421 goals and 949 points in 1,212 career NHL games to the role. He spent 14 years in the league with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, and Los Angeles Kings before retiring. Bobrov has no playing experience, but plenty of front office experience. He’s worked with the Boston Bruins organization from 1999 to 2006, with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006 to 2009, and the New York Rangers from 2015 to 2021 as the director of European scouting.

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