Habs have interest in Rick Dudley for front office
Toronto Maple Leafs director of player personnel, Rick Dudley, will reportedly join the Montreal Canadiens as part of new general manager Marc Bergevin’s staff, according to reports.
Dudley, who has worked with Toronto GM Brian Burke since June 24, 2011, is expected to be named Montreal’s assistant general manager.
Burke and Bergevin have been in discussion regarding Dudley’s jump to the Canadiens.
"Working through it," Burke told ESPN.com via email Sunday.
However, there is a snag, according to the report.
While Dudley has an "out" in his contract with Toronto, the former Atlanta Thrashers’ GM has done extensive work for the Leafs leading up to the NHL draft in June.
Further complicating matters is that both the Habs (3rd) and Leafs (5th) have top five picks, and Burke would not want Dudley as part of Montreal’s staff when the teams make their critical choices.
Burke would prefer Dudley wait until after the draft before joining Montreal, according to the report.