Bob Gainey has officially resigned as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, with the post being given to Pierre Gauthier. Gainey has confirmed that he will remain on staff as a “special advisor” to Gauthier.
Gauthier, 57 (and a vegetarian, I’m pleased to say) has been the Habs’ head of pro scouting since 2003 and assistant general manager since 2006. A native of Montreal, he has previously served as the general manager for both the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks.
Wow! This announcement comes as a bit of a shock but I guess we all saw it coming. Given the failure of Gainey’s five-year plan, the mess of moves last summer that saw us land small players with big contracts, some of whom are not living up to their potential and the continuing goaltending controversy with his apparent reluctance to bench Carey Price, I hope that Gauthier will bring something different to the table.
So what do you think: big moves before the deadline or will we more-or-less stay put? Does a goaltender get traded soon? Will it be Carey Price? So many questions, so few answers – for now.