Dudley to Habs done deal
|Rick Dudley was officially named assistant general manager for the Canadiens Friday. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency file photo)
Rick Dudley is officially a member of the Montreal Canadiens, the club announced Friday.
The former Toronto Maple Leafs executive has taken up the role of assistant general manager to Habs boss Marc Bergevin.
“Rick Dudley is a very knowledgeable and proficient hockey executive and we are pleased to welcome him in our organization," Bergevin said in a statement. "Rick has been actively involved at the management level in the NHL for many years and is one of the league’s most respected executives. An outstanding talent evaluator, he has extensive experience as a scout."
Days after Bergevin was named Habs GM earlier this month, the team asked the Leafs permission to speak with Dudley about working in Montreal. One Leafs GM Brian Burke's concerns about such a move was that Dudley was heavily involved in Toronto's planning for the upcoming NHL draft. With the Habs picking third overall and the Leafs fifth, Burke reportedly preferred the transfer not be made until after the draft in Pittsburgh next month.
Dudley, who has also held managerial positions with the Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Thrashers, joined the Leafs' front office in June of 2011.
The Habs also announced a contract extension for assistant GM Larry Carriere.