Habs on right path, GM says

Gauthier’s plan: ‘We want to keep a good part of the core’

By HERB ZURKOWSKY, The Gazette May

“I think we have tangible evidence that we’re moving in the right direction,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier (front) during a news conference Tuesday with head coach Jacques Martin at the team’s practice facility in Brossard

Marleau to Toronto makes sense

JEFF BLAIR

Go ahead: buy your Patrick Marleau Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.

Let’s cut all the garbage: Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said last week that he wanted to add a first line winger with some muscle and scoring touch. This isn’t “moving heaven and earth” to get John Tavares . The draft was too big a puzzle to pull that off.

But throwing money at a guy? Burke can do that better than anybody and remember: for better or worse he usually does what he says he’ll do.

A free-agency update

Rob Rossi

Penguins GM RAY SHERO resumed his normal routine this week after dealing last week with the death of his mother. He has about a six-week window to negotiate with any of the Penguins’ potential free agents.

A reminder: the free-agent season opens July 1.

Halak or Price on the move?

They both want to play, Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price are quick to admit. But they know they’re nothing more than pawns in this game, their moves and futures ultimately dictated in the weeks ahead by Canadiens management.

“We’re both young and both want to play as much as we can,” Halak said. “And I’m sure management will do their best to make sure we do play.

LIGHTNING TO INTRODUCE YZERMAN AS GENERAL MANAGER

The Tampa Bay Lightning have called a news conference for this afternoon to introduce Steve Yzerman as their new general manager.

Yzerman
– one of many candidates rumoured to be in the running for the job – replaces Brian Lawton, who was fired last month. Yzerman worked for four seasons as Vice President and Alternate Governor for the Detroit Red Wings after retiring as a player in 2006.