1) Hiring Stéphane Waite, a goaltending coach who has had good results in Chicago, to replace Pierre Groulx who might not have been having the success wished for with Carey Price, is a good move. It's not guaranteed to work out, but a logical response to the situation.
As far as Marc Bergevin being able to lure him to Montréal, we shouldn't give that short shrift. It appears that he is able to build fruitful relationships, and people who have worked with him in the past seem eager to work with him again. That's a plus, and a win for the team.
We could compare that to the prior administration, and its leadership shortcomings, but I won't dive in too deep and let you decide.
2) About the Daniel Brière reports, I'm getting cold chills. I was basking in schadenfreude seeing what the Tyler Bozak contract might do to the Leafs, but this brought me back to our plight.
It wouldn't be Tomas Kaberle-bad, Mr. Brière is still an effective player, but I see that as a very ill-advised patch job. He has a bit of a mercenary attitude, didn't want to sign here before but now will take a stopgap contract to hopefully return to the Philadelphia area soon, that's not what I want when we're adding people to our team.
Of course, that's my uninformed fan opinion, I'm not sitting with him discussing the situation, taking a measure of the man, as Marc Bergevin is. He's the best person to make that decision, obviously, and we'll eventually have to trust his judgment.