Assessing the GM

Martin Leclerc, at, looks at Pierre Gauthier’s first year as general manager.

Leclerc offers his own opinions on the moves Gauthier has made.

Here’s a chronological list

Feb. 12, 2010: Four days after taking over from Bob Gainey, Gauthier obtains Dominic Moore from Florida for a second-round pick in the 2011 draft.

March 4: Gauthier trades Matt D’Agostini to St. Louis for Aaron Palushaj.

June 17: The Big One: Jaro Halak to the Blues for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

July 1: Alex Auld signs as a free-agent

July 29: Gauthier ships Sergei Kostitsyn to Nashville for Dustin Boyd and Dan Ellis

Aug. 2: Alexandre Picard signs as a FA.

Sept. 7: FA Jeff Halpern signs.

Nov. 11: Ryan O’Byrne traded to Colorado for junior prospect MichaĆ«l Bournival.

Dec. 28: James Wisniewski obtained from the Islanders for a second-round pick in 2011 and a fifth-rounder in 2012.

Dec. 31: Maxim Lapierre traded to Anaheim for depth defenceman Brett Festerling and a fifth-round choice in 2012.

The dossier should also include the long-term signing of Tomas Plekanec and the lengthy negotiation that culminated in a two-year deal for Carey Price.

So as the trading deadline draws nigh, how do you think Pierre Gauthier has done so far?


  1. fbkj says:

    you mean leftist field

  2. king ddd says:

    sorry for being off topic, but rumors have it (as per tsn) that bogosian might be available (atlant is not shopping him however). anyways what i am saying is if he is available we should make run at him ( maybe ak, webber). he can replace hammer assuming we dont sign him. man our d would be marvelous




    bogosian-the wizzzz


    ps. no offense to spacek and his fans, i love the guy and all and respect what he has done in the abscence of marky and gorges, but he is getting old

  3. observer says:

    How about assessing the most over-rated COACH/GM in history. Scotty Bowman whose sickening method of finagling him into every team he clearly sees is on the verge of excellence because of how the previous GM built them. Whether to Detroit, Pittsburgh, the Habs after abandonning the Blues and olast year with his son in Chicago. Now his praise is muted from all the hero worshippers! Blackhawks after all this maqn’s stupid moves this summer are now in 11th place in the west ans well out of the playoffs. From Cup champ someone else built to t5he team these Bowmans destroyed.

    Where is the media praising them NOW?

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Igor Larionov, “The Professor” has no interest in being the GM of the Russian Hockey team for the 2014 Olympics because he was not offered true control of the team, he is however going to be a player agent in the NHL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  5. TheDagger says:

    Lots of criticism for not re-signing Moore. But he got Halpern instead…

    Halpern: 8-12-20; +5; $600,000

    Moore: 9-9-18, -16; $1,100,000

    Very similar players, not so similar salaries.

  6. Say Ash says:

    dealt halak to keep plekanec

  7. BJ says:

    Best moves: Plekanec signing, Wisniewski (if he stays beyond this year at a fair market value).

    Medium moves: Halak for Eller & Schultz (based on Eller’s performance so far), Halpern (good value)

    Worst moves: Not resigning Moore and letting Kostitsyn go (should have found a way to get him in the mold)

    Should moves: Not enough muscle and a very poor 4th line.

    Grade C-

  8. 24 Cups says:

    Feb 12 – This deal was probably worked out before Gainey “stepped down”.  Moore got us into the playoffs (along with Halak) so I guess you have to say it’s a success.  Might have been able to get Moore for a 3rd instead of a 2nd.

    March 4th – Who cares?

    June 17th – Everyone knew that Montreal was going to trade a goalie.  In the grand scheme of things, this is a good deal.  Let’s give Eller another three years before we judge his role in the transaction.  Schultz was a throw-in and hasn’t done much in Hamilton.  It doesn’t matter, we traded a 7th rounder for a 1st rounder.

    July 1st – back-up goalies are a dime a dozen.  No points for this move.

    July 29th – SK74 was a marked man, mostly due to his own behaviour.  Regardless, we traded him for two guys who were UFAs.  Not a major mistake, but we still got beat on the deal.

    Aug 2nd – If Picard wasn”t French, nobody would give a damn.

    Sept 7th – This is when the bargains are found in a cap world.  Great short-term move.

    Nov 11th – This mistake is all on Martin.  He chose Picard over OB and the rest is history.

    Dec 28 – The beauty of this deal is that we got the Wiz for more than half a season instead of at the trade deadline.  G&G were brilliant in that they made the move before announcing that Gorges was done for the year.  Wait another two weeks, and the price goes up big time.

    All in all, I don’t think you can complain about G&G’s moves for the past year.  I’d like a mulligan on OB, but the real deals are Eller and The Wiz and all we lost was our 2nd goalie and a 2nd round pick.  Let’s see what other teams give up at the deadline.  At least Eller and The Wiz aren’t 37 year old guys who are hanging on for dear life.


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