Habs’ search for new GM gets underway

Habs’ search for new GM gets underway

Montreal Canadiens owner and president Geoff Molson’s news conference to tell Habs Nation that Pierre Gauthier, who seldom talked in French or English, had been fired as general manager — not just because he was aloof, but because he didn’t manage the iconic club well — highlighted the the team’s need for stability.

This is an organization that fired assistant coach Perry Pearn a couple of hours before a game, a shot across the bow at then-head coach Jacques Martin, Pearn’s longtime friend. Then Gauthier fired Martin before the morning skate for a game against the New Jersey Devils a week before Christmas, installing his assistant Larry Carriere as an assistant coach, with absolutely no experience behind a bench. Then Gauthier traded for defenceman Tomas Kaberle when nobody else in the league wanted anything to do with him, taking on a three-year, $12.75-million contract. Kaberle isn’t even one of Montreal’s top four defencemen.

Gauthier was a GM with the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks before being Bob Gainey’s successor in Montreal, after working at his side for years there. He’s no fly-by-night general manager — he did make an astute move last summer signing Erik Cole — but many people say he’s a micro-manager who wants to control everything. GM’s today delegate. And, again, he was usually non-communicative. When he dealt Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek and Mike Cammalleri, he told them they were moving on but wouldn’t tell them where. He told them to wait awhile and left them to run down a list of possible destinations in their heads.


133 Responses to Habs’ search for new GM gets underway

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Interesting. Here's what I want to see. We get the 4th overall. Trade down two spots to the sixth (Maybe Toronto 1st (4th) and 3rd for Anaheim's 1st(6th) and 2nd) then select Grigorenko at 6.

    That would be some magic, though a lot would have to happen for my wish to come true.
  2. reinjosh says:

    It's July 1st, same as every other free agent in the league. 

  3. reinjosh says:

    We can't get the 4th overall…

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    *Toronto 3rd in 2013

  5. JoelLeafs says:

    I see. Scrap that.

  6. JoelLeafs says:

    I suppose. Though he was pretty consistent for not always playing the 2nd line, being a bit injured, and having Kuls shit the bed.

  7. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Well, there was a possibility for that toh appen…But NYI got destroyed by CLB in the final game of the season.

    April 10 is draft lottery, I'm just hoping that one of the teams below us don't win it.

  8. reinjosh says:

    I agree with you. Thing is you need to have that depth and a system that supports it. Julien's system does. Carlyles could. 

    I've actually mentioned many times that I don't think we need a top line center for Kessel, just a top 6 center than has chemistry with him. While I would by no means say no to that top line center, I don't think its absolutely necessary to win a cup. 
    I would only add one player to your list of players that help move a team forward. Murray. I really think the guy has number 1 d potential similar to Ryan Suter. 
    And I love Forsberg. I'm actually a huge fan. I think he has some sky high potential. I've honestly had this idea that if we happen to lose out on Galchenyuk/Grigorenko because Edmonton/Montreal take them, I would actually be ecstatic with Forsberg. I sort of think he has what it takes to be the best player to come out of this draft. 
  9. reinjosh says:

    Gomez doesn't fit that at all. Gomez never put up more than 70 points once, only hitting 70 twice, being more or less a 15 goal, 55 point player for the entire rest of his career, overachieving only those 3 times.

    Getzlaf to Vinny would be a much better example. Bot big centers. Able to use their size to dominate. Both had much closer offensive numbers than Gomez to Getzlaf. 
    And I'd still take Getzlaf pretty easy. He's been above a PPG pace for the last 4 years and this is his first down season. Vinny really only had the two seasons above a PPG pace and then came back down to the 65 – 75 point level. 
    I'd suspect Getzlaf was struggling with some sort of injury. 
  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    But teams can start talking to him June 1st I believe…

    So, if Edmonton can get some commitment from him….Grigorenko

  11. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Watching it, I felt like Perry and Getzlaf had a secret prior to this season…

    And now everybody knows what is. That's what I felt like watching them.

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    No offence lafleur…

    But thats like the pot calling the kettle black lol

  13. lafleur10 says:

    gomez had an 84 point season once in his career he had 33 goals that year in 05-06,and he's had 3 70 points seasons and a 63,a 60  point season  as well so he could produce at 1 time.

  14. leafmeister says:

    Is it looking like him signing in Edmonton is a possibility? They tend to have trouble attracting free agents. How much money do you think they will throw at them?

  15. reinjosh says:

    Sounds good to me. I like. 

    Although I'm not a fan of Wilson. I know he has similar numbers to Lucic in his second year and he's almost an identical size, but I just don't see any offense in his game. I feel like too many people are setting him up for failure with the Lucic comparisons. I haven't seen him play though so who knows. The comparison from a numbers and height perspective is eerily close, and he is playing on a pretty deep Plymouth team. I'm willing to take a chance on him though.
    I'd rather grab Henrik Sameulsson over Maidens though. I love the game he plays, nasty and balls to the walls. He also a pretty good offensive game, better than Maidens at any rate. Plus good bloodlines. 
  16. lafleur10 says:

    they probably will and that will move you back into 6th spot  i can see 1 of clb,mtl,edm,nyi winning the lottery

  17. lafleur10 says:

    how is that calling the kettel black ln91?

  18. reinjosh says:

    He only had two 70 point seasons and one 80 point season.

    Point is he was never a top line player. He was a good to great 2nd line center that stepped up his game for a season or two. Vinny is a top line center, a lower grade one, that stepped up his game for a couple seasons to be a great one. 
  19. lafleur10 says:

    grigorenko will be long gone by the time the 6th pick rolls around if we pick in the top 4 (which he will pick no lower )he's going to the habs i'm sure if it!

  20. reinjosh says:

    Really? I don't see how that's really possible. It seems like a pretty big loophole to have in the CBA. I could be wrong, but I thought the loophole was he just became a regular UFA like any other player, just he doesn't have to go back to the draft because of it. Him getting the ability to talk to teams before then seems…wrong. 

  21. lafleur10 says:

    here's a link to our website from nhl.com it'll show you that gomez had 70 point seasons


  22. lafleur10 says:

    he had 2 70 points seasons,a84 point season with the devils he had 1 70 point season with the rangers that's 3 70 points seasons and a 84 point season he also had a 63,and a 60 point season with the devils!

  23. mojo19 says:

    Because you finished last in the East dumb ass. Montreal was the worst team this year. So you can't really call anyone a loser. Pot calling kettle black. Pretty obvious analogy there. 

    Its okay if you have trouble with English expressions, I know you're from Montreal bro. haha
  24. mojo19 says:

    Hey, average d-men signing in the $3.5 million range is actually starting to make Komisarek's contract not look as ridiculous. Maybe he could be traded sometime this upcoming season. Keep in mind he had a front loaded contract, he's mostly been paid for by now.

  25. mojo19 says:

    I like it a lot.

    Only problem is that the trade deadline had inflated prices for veteran help. At the draft MacArthur's value will likely be a lot lower. I believe that he could have been dealt for a 1st at the deadline, given what players like Kostitsyn and Gaustad were traded for, and because buyers were so desperate to add talent and no one was selling. I just don't think the value will be there at the draft, hope I'm wrong.
  26. mojo19 says:

    Let Grigorenko go to the Habs, he's got potential tone a flake like Afinogenov, Kovalev, Zherdev (i know these guys are wingers but you get the point).

    On the other hand, Grigs could be a big stud C, it could go either way, but I'm scared of lazy Russians.
  27. leafmeister says:

    …..if one of those teams win we will pick nothing will change.. If a team behind us in the draft ranking wins, it will bump us down to 6th, and MTL down to 4th. lol

  28. lafleur10 says:

    am i too but he's just a very intrgiuing prospect  with a ton of talent and high end potential almost to good to give up on ,he could turn out like malkin,datsyuk,fedorov etc,and if he does he'll be a stud player but mojo it's a high risk but worth it. i know if somehow the leafs trade down into the top 2-3 and he's there i'm quite sure you guys will take him to because of the huge potential that he has.

  29. lafleur10 says:

    oops my basd sorry your right leafmeister  but we will pick no lower than 4th

  30. HABSSTAR says:

    Yup and the other guy has a bum knee.  Too bad.  Montreal has been searching for a big centre since the dawn of time it seems like.  One of the two is going to be a Hab or I'm *****en burning my jerseys and cheering for the Jets.   Think of it… JETSSTAR!

  31. lafleur10 says:

    actually your the dumb ass i'm not from montreal(i'm from saskatchewan) haha…. ,but i do cheer for their team lol i cancall the leafs losers ,yeah i know we finished finished last in the east only 2 points behind the leafs for that matter and we were the worst team ,but the reason i still said there losers is because of the cold hard facts that even you can't ignore or argue about, fact 1. they haven't made the playoffs for 7 straight years,fact 2. are the only team that hasn't made the playoffs since the lockout. fact 3 haven't won a cup in 45 years ! so that's my reference as being a loser  and that's a fact mojo like it or not those are cold hard facts

  32. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Yeah, but you're on a 20 year-streak yourself and have been relevant once since you last won.

    Though the Leafs have not won, since Montreal won their last cup, hasn't the Leafs made it to the conference finals more times then Montreal (Even though we have not made the playoffs in 7 years)?

    As well, most of your playoff appearances have been 7th/8th seeds…Not much to brag about.

    That's why I said pot calling the kettle black.

  33. lafleur10 says:

    but during those playoff times not once did you finish 1st in the conference the habs did i don't think the leafs made it to the conference finals more then thehabs did i could be wrong but i don't think so yeah we're on a twenty year streak of having not won the cup but we made the playoofs every year but since the lockout and the leafs can't say that it doesn't really matter if we had it in as a 7/8 seed because as you seen a couple of years ago and last year anything can happen in the playoffs .

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