Montreal Canadiens' general manager Marc Bergevin has been on a great run lately, finally giving the team the rebuild it's needed for over 20 years.
He's stacked center prospects and depth and has one of the best overall prospects pools across the NHL, something the Canadiens' haven't had in..... forever.
However there's one big blemish that still sticks out like a sore thumb on his resume, the Karl Alzner signing.
In hindsight would Bergevin have passed on Alzner? Probably... and Alzner feels the same.
While speaking to Richard Labbe of La Presse, Alzner said while he's not going to sulk, he probably would have signed elsewhere if he knew the Canadiens' were going to "reset" the whole team after just one year into his contract.
"If I had known that the Canadiens were going to take this direction, I would have considered other options. In addition, I took part in one of the worst seasons in team history [2017-2018], and when that happens, it is sure that there are changes. I was one of those who took the blame. "
Alzner added that he knew from the start of camp, even if he was healthy there was no way he would make the team, however life goes on.
"I'm not happy, I'm sorry about the situation, I'm shaken. But I will not let myself be affected by this; at my age, I know I still have a few years left, perhaps, to make an impact in the NHL, and I want to make sure I use the years I have left. That's what's frustrating, but I'm not going to sulk here in Laval. I have never done it, and I do not like those who do it. And I will continue with a smile, clinging to things that are positive. Here, the pressure is not the same. I can focus on hockey and focus on my family too. "