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Montreal Canadiens Have Golden Opportunity To Improve Scouting Team



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The Montreal Canadiens have expressed a pressing desire to improve their scouting and developmental department, and a potential departure from the New York Rangers would certainly help the Canadiens to bolster their scouting ranks.

Long-time scout Daniel Doré is reportedly in the process of leaving the New York Rangers organization, according to Le Droit’s Sylvain St-Laurent, and should be a no-brainer hire for the Montreal Canadiens.

Doré started his career in the NHL in 1995-1996 when he worked for the Boston Bruins up until the 2006-2007 season. He then joined the New York Rangers organization in 2007-2008, where he has remained up until this season. During Doré’s 26-year career, he’s uncovered some pretty big names out of the QMJHL like David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. With the Montreal Canadiens looking to bolster their presence within the QMJHL and across Canadian Major Junior, the addition of a veteran scout like Doré would be a huge boost for a scouting staff that has been critiqued for being too small.

Link To Jeff Gorton

When Jeff Gorton was hired as executive vice-president of the Montreal Canadiens, it was normal to expect that the former scout would look to bring in the people he trusts in the talent evaluation process. Both Gorton and Doré started out as scouts together for the Boston Bruins in the 90s and then simultaneously moved to the New York Rangers together in 2007; their relationship goes back almost three decades.

The potential hiring of Doré was something that had been previously discussed by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman back in January on the Jeff Marek Show. It’s no surprise that the Montreal Canadiens, after already having hired Nick Bobrov, the former Head of European scouting for the Rangers, that Daniel Doré might not be too far behind. Doré has an incredible wealth of knowledge that the Montreal Canadiens could sorely use in their scouting department, which is relatively young after the removal of Trevor Timmins. Bringing in Doré to help oversee some of the future drafts for the Montreal Canadiens, drafts that will likely define their future success, would be a wise move that could pay dividends a few years down the line.

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