New Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin went on a hiring binge Wednesday, adding a trio of Francophone former NHLers to the staff.
Martin Lapointe was named the Habs' director of player development, Patrice Brisebois will act as player development coach and Sylvain Lefebvre took over as head coach of the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Clement Jodoin, the Bulldogs coach in 2011-12, will apparently be bumped up as an assistant to new Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.
"The trick is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you," Bergevin said. "Then you look smart by association. That's what I'm doing. These are all quality guys with a lot of hockey experience. They've each won a Stanley Cup. Players can relate to them, build relationships with them and create a team dynamic. For them, the team always comes first."
Lapointe, 38, played 14 seasons in the NHL with four teams before being hired as a pro scout by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009. Brisebois, 41, played 16 of his 18 years in the NHL with the Canadiens and racked up 1,009 games.
Lefebvre, another 14-year player in the NHL, has been an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche the last three seasons after a two-year stint as head coach of the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters.