New Habs GM Marc Bergevin, not surprisingly, wants to bring his old Blackhawks colleague Rick Dudley with him to Montreal and is in discussions with the Toronto Maple Leafs to do just that.
Dudley is director of player personnel for the Leafs. Montreal wants to make him its new assistant GM. Toronto GM Brian Burke is talking to Bergevin about how to proceed.
"Working through it," Burke told ESPN.com via email Sunday.
According to my TSN colleague Darren Dreger, who first reported the story Sunday morning, Dudley has an out clause in his deal but his transfer to Montreal is complicated by the fact both the Canadiens and Leafs have high picks in the June draft and Dudley has done the prep work on it for Toronto.
No doubt the Leafs would prefer to have Dudley wait until after the draft to join Montreal.
If and when the hiring goes through, it’s an excellent hire by the Canadiens. Dudley is one of the most respected talent evaluators in the league and was a key contributor to building Chicago’s 2010 Cup champion roster.