Pierre Gauthier: Prone to Panic or a Man with a Plan?

December 5th, 2010 by Rosalyn Roy Leave a reply »
Shortly after the Montreal Canadiens made it official that defenseman Andrei Markov would miss the rest of this season, I got into a twitter debate about the trading of Jaroslav Halak.

Believe it or not, this lively discussion about the Habs’ former goaltender stemmed directly from the conjecture about what GM Pierre Gauthier will do with the cap space the Habs have suddenly cleared.

I chose to remain optimistic, while my debating partner was a bit more cautious about Gauthier’s mindset. Both of us saw the Halak deal from different angles, though I have to admit mine has changed substantially from what it was in June, shortly after the Canadiens lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to Philadelphia.

When it was announced Halak had been dealt to the St. Louis Blues for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz, my initial reaction was very negative and I spent a lot of time criticizing Gauthier as a result. I saw the move as counterproductive for several reasons.

I thought the pressure on Carey Price would increase exponentially, and was unsure he’d be able to survive the ensuing negative onslaught by the fan base. Happily, I was wr ...

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