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Habs GM Pierre Gauthier talks to the media pregame.
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Canadiens assistant coach Perry Pearn has been relieved of his duties.
• AUDIO: General Manager Pierre Gauthier in French and English
I’m glad to hear that firing incompetent staff is back on the table, but may I suggest that we should start with PG and JM before we get to the little fish?
Let’s get rid of those two first (and Bob Gainey as well, while we’re at it) and then start off from scratch.
Posters here won’t forget you buddy! Your like “school on Sunday”>”no class” for bringing up Gainey’s daughter death>you forget don’t you!
Time to call a guy named Lou in NJ and ask for permission…
Amen brother. Hallelujah in fact.
Time to call a guy named Lou in NJ and ask for permission…
Agree with Ton and others : ” may I suggest ” that only a moron would have considered going there – zero class …
ALWAYS Habs –
DD Cole Cammy looked great, thats 2 lines that seem done, and to be honest our 4th line looked like a 4th line, Big and Energetic.
Spatcho looked like his usual self, slow and fragile… he needs rest, Emelin won’t mind.
What is MR. Gauthier talking about when he says the firing of MR. Pearn has no reflection on his competence as a coach……BS!! What garbage!! You fired the guy, of course you’re judging his abilities.
The only way this organization will improve to a top 5 tier team is when MR. Molson fires MR. Gauthier incompetent ass!!!!
Is it possible to be a good coach and lose the room? Is it possible to be fired as a message/warning to your boss(JM)?
or maybe he’s just doing what every smart boss does after a firing- refrain from slagging the guy in public.
Keep Hope Alive
Pearn?! WTF?! And Martin gets a vote of confidence?!?!?!
I’m confused, like the Habs PP…
“Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante
Gil’s play is really terrible.. hope Emelin will be playing more and will be everytime better to stay on the lignebleu .
Cole is having a good game tonight …
Go HAbss Go
Were looking good with a 2 goal leed. The boys have to stay out of the box.
Gill was great tonight, most were.
Time to call a guy named Lou in NJ and ask for permission…
This is a red herring. A distraction.
That is all. Move along….
I would like to see the Dmen with Emelin making more dificult the work from enemy forwards, Diaz have skill but is very soft to bring security. But with JM I hope that Emilin wont be returning to khl soon.
I can see the light! I can see the light!
So can Jacques!!!
The best thing are the BORING chants from the fans. Even if JM is not fired Geoff would have noticed that and should INSIST that Pearn’s replacement be someone strong enough to push JM into the modern world… actually set the tone for the team.
Any arrangement which sets up the HABS for a better brand of hockey where the players are allowed to play , and where we can then honestly judge their offensive abilities… is fine with me.
I want to finally see people like AK given the right environment so he will have no excuses and we can decide if he is what we have seen for his whole career or is he capable of his promise.
I dont mind any face-saving moves.. as long as it sets the ship right.
Did you watch the game? I’d say they played pretty well. Ak played well, as he has all season. After a win like that seems like a time to tone down the venom…but hey, that’s just me.
Maybe it’s not so much that Jacques is ‘seeing the light” as he is “feeling the heat”
“Shut up and play against him” – Bob Gainey (2011 Heritage Classic)
hey at least cole is finally lookin like the player we needed! he drilled the dman on that goal like he was angry!!
he wasnt given the chance until now really in the PP
anyone know the name of the TSN reporter?
Should be our next head coach.
i dunno. but crawford looks like hes lickin his lips every time they mention a coaching change in mtl
I know all the Crawfords very well, and believe me, Mtl. is not for them!
He’s makin’ a believer out of me
cole on the power play!
Thanks TSN reporter for sticking it in Martins face!
Jagr would have been nice here..
but a lot of nay sayers from this forum and media folks..
Diaz was out of position i believe in the Jagr goal..
Why is Emelin still out of the line up…………
banning molson beer in my house..
Moen and Gionta screwed up on the goal. Diaz went high, took down his man on a good hard play. No one supported him.
(Jagr chose Philly over Habs)
Gotta admit I am one of the ‘nay sayers’… just couldnt believe he still had the desire. Crow time it looks like.
How funny is that Pearn get’s fired hahaha! Ya let’s throw him under the bus so we can save our asses. Well done Goat and Jackie you get to live 3 more days!!! Hope PG joins him on Sunday also because they are the real culprits!!!
Could not agree with you more – if Pern was a bad coach he would have been let go in the off season.
What a bush league move – blaming an assistant coach for the Habs problems.
Hopefully, Geoff Molson will see the true value of GAUTHIER (all he has to do is take a close look at his history as a NHL GM) and hopefully find a competent GM to run this entire organization.
Interestingly, Dale Tallon (who, by the way actually built the Cup winner in Chicago) is from Quebec and who knows – he may be interested in managing the Habs!
Sure glad we didn’t pick up Jagr. He looks like crap out there.
YES that’s sarcasm and YES I WAS saying we shoulda grabbed this guy – that on a 1-year deal he would’ve be a MUCH smarter pick-up than Cole. So the Flyers have a scoring dynamo for a year, and we have a mediocre aging “veteran” sort-of-power-forward for 4 years.
Habs have made some REALLY dumb moves the last couple of years and it’s showing.
Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!
Ya TSN said Montreal was outbid by Philly for Jagr, why is that not surprising at all. It’s clear he was just not good enough to play for the Habs, especially with us choosing to pay Cole for 4 years instead, that’s one smart GM we have. Hmmm, shouldn’t he be fired after this game if Jagr gets more points than Cole hehe!!! Boo them off the ice tonight!
It’s pathetic how much you post in hindsight.
“a scoring dynamo”
” aging sort-of-power-forward”
Cole leads our team in hits and he’s 6 years younger than Jagr.
I posted they should’ve picked up Jagr. And I posted I wasn’t thrilled with Cole.
No hindsight – honesty. So get off my back.. go bother someone else.
Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!
We will likely never know if Jagr was ever actually interested in coming to Montreal, and if so what we offered him, if anything.
The advantage of armchair GMing is every deal you offer gets accepted.
Darche is a 4th line player. Marginal at best. Yet look at the ice he sees night after night. Maybe that spy story has a ring of truth to it.
May as well fire the guy that sharpens the skates.
To prepare for wholeness, first be fragmented. To prepare for success, first fail ~Tao Te Ching
Perry WHo??? Really, if anyone is flabergasted by this, you are idiots. This is a non story. So we found out before the game or after the game, who gives a flying F. Perry Pearn has nothing to do with what the Habs are going to do or not going to do. This team sucks.
being the defensive coach I guess they blamed the lack of scoring and the terrible power play on Perry.
Hey MR LA please don’t question the Habs organization as not having class… The fact that They EXPECT the best is what the owners and fans want and deserve.
This organization is so frigging weird. They fire the guy right before the game? They then tell the players an hour before the game that he’s been fired?
“The Habs Way” is complete garbage. Seems like it’s more like the “Senators Way”.
The Senators Connection. Makes me sick to see all these Senators in our organization.
Fire them all…please!
didn’t know Perarn was the 1 having to score, and responsible for players laziness and Martiin’s mistakes.h
what a cowardly act by both PG and JM.
when are these guys going to take responsibilities for their own shortcomings and mistakes?
and the joke of the NHL continues!
None of us really have any insight as to what the situation really is like behind closed doors, and we would lying if we said we knew what was truly going on. So everyone here calling this the wrong move, is really just talking out of their over-emotional ass.
Perhaps Pearn is was doing a horrendous job and he is absolutely the one to blame, perhaps he’s the sacrificial lamb. Whatever the case, this better shake up the team and get em going.
So now that Pearn is gone does Larry Robinson call again?
I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!
Gauthier can’t do anything right, he fired the wrong guy!
This is embarrassing. Habs were once the classiest organization around.
Not the best anology, but a bit like Tiger Woods firing his caddy because he can’t keep his own pants zipped up.
I feel for Perry Pern, the sacrificial goat. And as much as I want JM gone, any coach should be able to choose his own assistants.
This is bad and will help nothing.
So if the internet existed during Salem’s witch hunt days, would the blog be similar to HIO? Just replace Betty and Abigail with JM and PG.
Anyway, GO HABS GO!
Anybody have a farewell Perry Pearn compilation? [crickets]
Is this supposed to change the Habs’ performance? This management team really has no balls. Forget firing the assistant coach. THE TEAM IS NOT MOTIVATED. I believe the head coach is directly responsible for that.
The system worked for a couple years. But the guys are obviously fed up of being held back by an overly conservative, 1980s coach.
Replace the whole management team, Molson!
WE WANT PATRICK ROY.
Some freakin’ emotion please boys…
I actually don’t want Patrick Roy.
Patrick Roy from 20 years ago and in the lineup so we’d have a goalie controversy to distract from the crap I could handle…..
They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!
Bring back Roy, the guy the organization and the city threw out of town.
That’ll work well.
No Roy for me thank you….
Pearn had Plecks on the power play and PK, so when it came time to take his regular shift, he was spent!
If Pearn devised strategies to tire out PLEKS shouldnt JM have taken corrective action.
I agree Pleks is overused… but cant blame Pearn and not JM.
Wait how daft I am… I think you were being sarcastic. Sorry!
I beleive Pern was responsible for the defense and the power play. Which have been the two worst areas for the Habs ???
I think this is a reasonable precursor. Pern goes now…if things don’t improve over the next 3, then the next in line is JM.
Wow, PG think that’s going to turn the team around?
Well Pearn was responsible for defense and special teams.. this was more like a given move..so yeah I think it helps.
lets get rid of the rest of the ottawa cast off’s….
second place is just the first loser
Foolish / embarrassing wtf !! what a joke !! Horrible management !!!
Darren Dreger tweets, “Martin and Pearn have been close for years. Can’t imagine firing Pearn was his idea. We’ll hear from Habs GM Pierre Gauthier very soon.”
So maybe PG actually has balls and is trying to send a message to JM? Gauthier might not be the best GM out there but he has guts. Not one of us here would have the balls to trade a playoff hero for an unknown prospect. He’s a lot better than people think he is. I don’t get the hate for this guy. I am not saying he’s a God, but he’s not bad either.
It’s Martin that I can’t resist.
anyone see 24/7 CAPS PENS last year on HBO…was clear from that show that the Pens and Dan Bylsma run a great room – know what they are doing, have the player’s respect….it was also clear that Boudreau and the Caps were a bunch of clowns…guess where our team would land…somewhere between clowns and donkeys – on the low side…this move is f-ng embarrassing…
lol, Goat blamed Pearn!!! I knew he wouldn’t have the nads to fire Martin.
Mr. Molson!!! please step in and fire these two twits!!! they are running our team into the ground.
another irrelevant, mickey mouse move–gainey/gauthier/martin all 3 need to go–thatas the bottom line–fans i urge to boycott this team until this happens–its a circus in montreal–now lets blame perry pearn for this–they truly must believe that montreal fans are stupid—
You are joking right?
Confucius says: “Baseball has it all wrong, Man with 4 balls cannot walk!”
Scotty Bowman will be named as JM’s assistant….no pressure.
He was responsible for the powerplay and defence, neither of which has flourished. Makes sense.
Hopefully this is well thought out and not an irrational or impatient move to quick-fix this team, as many here are proposing.
Teams have struggled before and some teams get off to a really quick start, this year’s habs are not as bad as they’re playing, give it time.
I agree and would like to add that PG brought in the 2 Randies, Randys? for a reason. Maybe there were plans before suckgate to replace Pearns or whoever.
they fired the wrong guy.
Martin needs to go.
makes sense that Martin blames pearn for his own inadequacy.
C’mon Gauthier. What are you doing? C’mon Geoff Molson, stop the bleeding!
Does anyone know what Pearn’s duties were? Was he handling the power play? Penalty kill? Line changes?
Scapegoat, for one.
It’s posts like these where you earn your Gomez-level salary around here, Freddy… ;–)
Some guys laughed last game when I said that the only way Cole got on the PP was that JM had to take a bathroom break and the assistants sent him on. Here’s your proof….JM was not amused. Pearn crossed the line man.
This team disrespected Larry when he contacted them for an assistant position and never had the decency to reply to him or so I read. Robinson should’ve been a part of the coaching staff as soon as he was available. We should be so lucky.
Eh, Molsons. Fire the entire staff including PG.
“Hate Bruins like a sickness”
I too was shocked when the Habs snubbed Big Bird.
Problem: when the people who make these kinds of decisions are the problem
One down, two to go….
This move is a shot across JM’s bow. Pearn was his right-hand man and now JM has no friends watching his back while behind the bench.
After the Habs inevitably get the crap kicked out of them by Philly and Boston (twice) I expect Martin himself to be joining Pearn on the unemployment line. If we’re lucky and Geoff Molson is in a particularly ornery mood, we might also be rid of Gauthier.
Perchance to dream…
I don’t see how PG has done a poor job.. I think aside from 1 more bruising dman.. this team is a top 6 team in the east on paper.
his trades for wiz and moore in the last two years have been pretty well thought out and helped the performance of the team during the season. unfortunate he didn’t re-sign either of them but that’s the nature o fthe business.
– Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button
I couldn’t agree more,it’s obvious that there has been a phone call to PG from Geoff expressing some concern.Have to say it wouldn’t break my heart if they continue to slide,in the end better for the team long term.
They fired the wrong guy! JM is the man running the show, not pearnsy!
they let go anyone who might be better than JM.. obvious trend
Boucher, Muller, Pearn.
Will this buy JM some time?
Will he have the excuse of “we’ve got to let our players get used to the new coaching structure?”
Is Pearn just a sacrificial lamb that management hopes will satisfy the blood thursty faithful?
Doesn’t really seem like a big deal to me as it was crowded back there anyway.
Wait, so it was Perry Pern that was making the decisions on the team all along?
JM was JUST the fall guy?
… well as they say in all sports, you can’t fire all the ushers, so you gotta fire the assistant coach.
“Whenever you have the puck, and don’t know what to do with it, put it in the net.” – Toe Blake
How about we beg Robinson to replace PP and Gainey takes another one for the team and takes the wheel again for the next 70 games or so?
Interesting. Meeting between JM and PG and Pearn is let go. My guess is that JM blamed the too many men on him.
My guess is that Pearn may have challenged JM on some issues facing the team, or the line-up. Who knows, maybe someone should ask him.
I nominate Ian to fill in as the new Assitant coach.
They’ll replace him with a corpse to liven up the bench a bit.
But he was so authoritative when talking to Marc Denis at ice level.
Is Larry Robinson available? If so bring him on board.
To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.
This reminds me of that itch you get on your hand….You scratch it, but you just can’t hit that spot….Heh
Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?
Yes, that will appease the fans.
Pearn could not handle Kirk Muller’s duties.
Neither can Martin
Damn! I’m too late!! I stumbled upon the reason for the Habs start this year…it’s all my fault. My Habs clock at work stopped part way through the preseason. Been putting off inserting a new battery. Put it in today. All should be well again. Sorry Perry.
I wore my Habs tie to work today for the first time this season, I’m sorry too, Perry.
Time’s up, JM must go!
Straightening up the deck chairs on the Titanic!
I don’t think he’s the problem.
Probably questioned JM’s authority with radical ideas like using Cole on the PP!
Months too late, but good
Perry Pearn has been fired (e5)
A coward? He brought in Campoli and Wisniewski when our D was depleted. He brought in Erik Cole when we needed size and help up front. He makes the necessary moves that are needed to be made in order to improve the team. He did the Habs a favour by not re-signing Hamrlik, that guy sucks balls after 40 games into the season (hint hint: Boston series Hamrlik was UTTER CRAP). He’s bringing youth to the team. He brought Emelin overseas, something Gainey couldn’t do and he has been drafting well the last few years (Tinordi, Gallagher, Bealieu). Don’t even get me started on Markov – half of us would have called for his head if he wouldn’t have been re-signed. Don’t deny it.
From the way I see it, this team looks damn good on paper. Coaching is the issue. It’s upto Jacques Martin to utilize those tools and prepare the team.
he picked up cole, he had mara and sopel last year and he brought in yemelin this year.
he’s tried to toughen up the team, so I have no idea what you’re talking about how he “isn’t trying” cause he is.
What a brilliant post. Well done, honestly, this is exactly how we should all feel. couldn’t have said it better myself.
Lets go boys!!
Yeah he got rid of OB to keep Picard and now Picard is in the minors and we’re looking for a big stay at home D man. Got rid of SK for what amounted to 0.Toronto got Steckel for a 4th round pick. Did PG Know he was available? Hammer is top 4 D man in Washington. Should have brought back Halpern.Should have fired JM but he’s a BG syncophant BG, PG, and JM the three stooges
and he signs an injury prone player for 3 years, and he never gets a big center, and he never adds grit, and he doesn’t add depth, and he lets Muller walk, and he lets Boucher walk, and he doesn’t address the softness on his team.
shall I continue????
You’re correct…but you gotta start somewhere. One step at a time.
We both have our opinions, bud. At least we’re on the same page with coaching. I’m all in for a coaching change. I am not saying that it would be a mistake to get rid of PG, but I believe JM is more of a concern than Gauthier, (who in my opinion is not so bad at all).
We may one day hang PG, but we can’t hang him on Markov, that’s force majeur.
I would though, have managed the risk as you suggest, Brewer would have been interesting. I still think Emelin will be fine, remember we thought we’d have Markov to help him adjust, and it’s a big adjustment to the small ice.
Brewer re-signed before being a FA and Regeher had a no-movement clause. Other than those “facts” good stuff.
That’s more of a coaching issue and JM’s fault than his own. He traded the assets that no longer served a purpose to the team, at least in Jacques’ view. And PG did the right thing.. at the time O’Byrne and Sergei were constantly being scratched. It was obvious that they would be traded at one point or another. I am not saying PG has been 100% correct in each decision so far, no he hasn’t but he’s not doing horrendous either like others exaggerating here.
Oh please, c’mon bud, we’ll see how much Hammer has in the tank by February. Him and Spacek both needed to go. Spacek still needs to go.
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