It was like the Americans attacking their own fleet at Pearl Harbor yesterday when Pierre McGuire used the Melnick in the Afternoon program on TSN 990 as a platform to disparage the radio station's Morning Show for supposedly misquoting him two days ago. While it's true that his position on a hypothetical trade between the Oilers and the Canadiens was misrepresented, it was a caller who initially misquoted him, and a clarification was made within minutes and repeated later in the show - both times with the actual clip of Pierre being played for the sake of accuracy and transparency. So it was surprising, disappointing and ironic that the integrity of the morning program was impugned by the same kind of misrepresentation, completely out of the blue. It was a deliberate and calculated public broadside from someone who - in theory, at least - is on the same team.
Is that how Pierre McGuire would have handled a misunderstanding in the Canadiens organization if he'd been hired as general manager - by publicly throwing other members of his organization under the bus on the basis of second hand information for his own satisfaction rather than privately seeking their side of the story? I wasn't privy to the particulars of the hiring process, but it's probably safe to assume that hypersensitivity and a petty preoccupation with always being right were not as high on the list of qualities that Geoff Molson and Serge Savard were looking for as poise, professionalism, emotional maturity and a thick skin.
There are myriad reasons why Marc Bergevin was the right choice for the job, and one of them is that he recognizes he has larger responsibilities than constantly obsessing over what other people are saying about him.