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. punkster says:

    LOL. I give Boone a C for the first move and a B for the second. The C is because it was purely vindictive (not that it wasn’t deserved at the time ;) and the B because it was big of him to issue a re-instatement. I missed Mike during his benching. Once the tanks were put away there was no controversies to battle. He kind of fills that void ;)


  2. Timo says:

    There was a second move?

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tallon would still have his job if he could work a calculator and read his calender. Giant contracts to Campbell and Huet that hurt the team badly and his failing to send out qualifying offers to RFAs on time nearly crippled the Cup Team before they even began their 09-10 season that saw them win the Cup.


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

  4. fbkj says:

    good idea but, the leagues have no formal relationship with one another and um, the fact a lot of the best nhl’ers are eastern european, that might be a bit of a touchy setup

  5. HardHabits says:

    I have an idea for the All-Star game. Have the NHL all-stars play the KHL all-stars or if the KHL can’t match the NHL’s depth and talent, than perhaps the NHL’s best versus the KHL’s best with the best players from the rest of the world’s professional hockey league’s.

    At least it would be a real game. Might be worth seeing something happen with bragging rights and international trash talking going on.

  6. punkster says:

    Gets kinda lonely out there in left field, doesn’t it?


  7. habstrinifan says:


  8. habstrinifan says:

    OK! OK! I know you all are fed up re my Neil/Phillips posting. But geez I am so psyched about the ‘perfect storm cluster of events’ that lead me to believe that we can get these two players. And think about it. Go to bed tonight and make up your line-up for tomorrow and include Neil and Phillips on it. Tell me if you’re not sitting down in front your TV tomorrow feeling like an effing gorilla ready for a rumble if they want it but ready to see ‘push back’ hockey.

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