NHL Trade Deadline: Did Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier Miss the Boat?

March 1st, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Another NHL trade deadline has come and gone and, once again, Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier failed to make a trade for an impact player. As such, when the 3:00 PM EST deadline came and went yesterday afternoon, the anger and hand-wringing among Habs fans started in earnest.

It seems that year after year—since Bob Gainey became the GM of the team in June, 2003—the Canadiens have failed to act at the trade deadline while teams around them are continually making deals.

Aside from the trade that brought Alex Kovalev to Montreal at the 2003-2004 deadline, neither Gainey nor Gauthier has made anything more than depth acquisitions over their tenures.

So what does this say about the Canadiens' management philosophy?

Are their GMs, from Gainey to Gauthier, timid, uninterested and delusional about the quality of their teams or just too conservative to make an impact trade?


Love them or hate them, Gauthier, and Gainey before him, are eminently qualified to be General Managers in the NHL. Moreover, as much as fans and media alike enjoy pontificating about moves that should or shouldn't be made, few of them, myself included, ...

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