Gauthier does some signing … but not what we’re waiting for

Pierre Gauthier has announced six appointments.  

Serge Boisvert and Ryan Jankowski will join the Canadiens’ amateur scouting group. Vaughn Karpan becomes a professional scout, and Christer Rockstrom will assume scouting duties for European leagues as of September 1st.

It is important to note that Boisvert will be a full-time Quebec scout, replacing part-timers Denis Morel and Michel Boucher.

At the administrative level, the team announced the appointment of Ken Morin as hockey information coordinator. This is an entry-level scouting position. Morin will analyze video and coaching trends, passing the fruits of his labour on to Gauthier.

And as HIO reported last week, Pierre Allard becomes the Canadiens’ new strength and conditioning coach.

Serge Boisvert joined the Canadiens in 2009 as a consultant in player development. The former right winger played with the Canadiens from 1984 to 1988, and was a member of the 1986 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Ryan Jankowski was employed by the New York Islanders as assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting since 2006. He joined the Islanders as amateur scout in 2002, before spending three years in Prague as the team’s Director of European scouting.

Vaughn Karpan  becomes professional scout following five years as part of the Canadiens’ amateur scouting group. He joined the Canadiens in 2005, after spending several seasons as Chief Scout for the Phoenix Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets

Christer Rockstrom  was a member of the New York Rangers organization for the past 21 years, including the past five seasons as Director of Player Personnel – Europe. He previously served as a European scout for the Rangers for 16 years. He also covered part of Europe as a scout for the Detroit Red Wings organization, from 1984 to 1989.

Ken Morin is the former captain of the McGill Redmen hockey team, where he earned a degree in Industrial Relations. Last season, he played as a defenseman with the CIS Royal Military College team, and the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL.


  1. G-Man says:

    Signing Price and trading Halak could have been done at the same time. But then, Goatier had other fish to fry, like signing Laps ahead of the new #1 goalie. Doh!

  2. soperman says:

    Two points:

    First, the Huffington Post is a right-wing (politically) rag that would not know the definition of “cool”.

    Second, note that they say “If your idea of Canada is dominated by maple syrup, hockey, flannel shirts or the G-20 Summit, it’s time to discover Toronto as the new capital of Cool.”  Obviously they know that Toronto has very little to do with hockey.


    They traded Halak. Jaroslav Halak. YOU ARE KIDDING ME?

  3. Exit716 says:

    Why would Price not want to play for the most knowledgeable and supportive fans in the NHL?


  4. avatar_58 says:

    Half caf, no caf de-caf latte eh?

  5. lenny says:

    Maybe price is fishin and huntin and his cell is out of service, thus he cant speak to his agent and agree to the deal on the table?

  6. Mark C says:

    Ok fine, first let me address what you just wrote. There was urgency in moving Halak, if the decision was made to move a goalie. Now, if they wanted to keep both goalies that’s fine. However, the longer the team would wait to make a trade, the smaller that market would get. On July 1st, 3 teams addressed their goalie situation, meaning it is likely the market decreased by 3 available trading partners.

    Price is not holding out, and by no means do you *know* that he will sign for more than Halak, that’s just speculation on your part.

    Cons for signing Price and then Trading Halak:

    1) Market size, as stated above, the earlier a trade is made, the larger the available market. In theory this should maximize the return.

    2) This whole theory of signing Price before trading Halak is based on the assumption that the team could sign Price quick. However, why would Price and his agent want to sign quickly? Based on logic and negotiation strategy, the only way to get the Price camp to sign early is to meet or exceed their initial contract demands (which would be at their highest point).

    3) After signing Price early, teams would know Montreal was trading Halak, because there is no reason to believe he would be willing to re-sign in Montreal.  This would likely decrease Montreal’s trading position.

    In the end, this theory means Montreal overpays for Price and receives less in return for Halak. I don’t know what the right way would have been; no one does for certain, but make no mistake there are pros and cons to both.


  7. Jordio-oh says:

    But Toronto is the new capital of cool :

    I like Toronto, and this publication, but it could have been better written. That and Montreal is cooler than Toronto. But most of us already were aware of this.

  8. slamtherimtim says:

    just like kovey he deserves whats due , PG traded halak knowing what ever any team did the habs can still match any offer or take picks , but halsk looks worse as the days go by

  9. crabvader says:

    Whoever banned Tony242, callyjo, etc…

    I’m sure you realize this is the same guy, right?

    Either way… You were complaining when we fired our scouts that it was a bad move and that we didn’t have enough.

    Now that we hire some, you try to find some other way to complain about it. Go rest your head on a pillow and examine your severe mental incapacitation.

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    So is every other marquee RFA that isn’t arbitration eligible also pining for an offer sheet? Because none of them have signed.

  11. Bugs says:

    A qualifying offer?

    How much?

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  12. andrewberkshire says:

    You forgot 88 points and 47%

  13. Bugs says:

    Go back to Toranna, leafer.

    Show us how it’s done over there; you champions, you.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  14. Rugger says:

    How do you know price is holding out, have the Habs actually offered him a contract to sign?  So much speculation, so few facts (not specifically you, but every discussion about Price).

  15. Psycho29 says:

    More Cushenan for the Pushenan….

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    The net challenge (sorry for the joke) is that we’ve empowered Price’s side by not having Halak in hand. That’s all. It’s business 101. It’s like you don’t buy a new house until you’ve sold the one you’ve got. 

    The only argument I’ve heard here that MAY win out in the end is that they were so high on Eller and were concerned to lose him. Maybe. But I’m not sitting feeling excited about next year. I’m freaking terrified, if you want to know the truth, because I don’t see a plan. Pls explain the plan if there is one. 


  17. lenny says:

    has anyone thought that maybe Price does not one to sign with the habs? Maybe he is praying for a qualifying offer from another club….he knows that if he doesnt get off to a good start the fans here will go nuts

  18. JIMVINNY says:

    Troll alert.

  19. andrewberkshire says:

    No rush to trade Halak? How many teams in the NHL right now have no pinned down starting goalie for next season? There absolutely was a rush to trade Halak.

  20. lenny says:

    he wants a gurantee on being number 1  from Halak…wait a second….

  21. Fire_Laraque says:

    Pouette Pouette pouette.

  22. Fire_Laraque says:

    It’s the only explanation that I can think of actually.  Ellers was so high on their list they couldn’t waste time or didn’t want to lose him by waiting it out.


    As for the negotiations part, I fully understand that.  I’m not trying to make a big deal out of it.  For me, it’s just the order of things (Moving Halak before signing Price) that baffles me.


    P.S I’m not saying I don’t like Price, only saying management is making everything REALLY difficult for him.

  23. Bugs says:

    He’s waiting for what we’re all waiting for: a good Price.


    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  24. Bugs says:

    Half double decaffeinated half-caf for me, please. With moka sprinkle.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  25. Aaron13 says:

    When does training camp begin? I wonder what Price is waiting for.

  26. Rudy says:

    That’s so mean for those of us who can only get Starbucks.   🙁

  27. Bugs says:

    Because Gauthier will answer “The Priceberg has always been a priority with this organization since the day he was drafted. We believe he will have a great career in the NHL and will bring success to this organization for a long period of time. That meant moving Halak for a player that we’ve coveted for a long time. We wanted Eller. A Blackhawk? Like who? Giroux? Never heard of’m. We wanted Eller. St-Louie had’m. We felt that was the best move for this organizaton. Now, these negotiations with the Priceberg are just par for the course, a natural give’n’take between a team and an agent. Very normal. But the media wants to make a big story out of this during the slow period of hockey season for obvious reasons and that’s normal too and we respect that. But the truth is, both sides want to make the best decision for both sides and these proceedings are very normal and really, a non-issue. Thank-you.”

    On the other note, Gauthier is vegan? Aw, hell… Honest, I didn’t know that. … This is not good. Still, maybe we can work something out… Crap, this is no good…

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  28. Fire_Laraque says:

    Ok, you got me there.


    First of all, there was no urgency in moving Halak.  Being over cap is fine until the season beggins.  Now look what is happening.  Price is holding out because he knows Gauthier is in it deep if he doesn’t sign him.  He will also get a bigger salary this year then Halak’s 2.75.


    Now, explain slowly and give me a real argument, not just “There was a lot of cons” without naming one.

  29. bwoar says:

    The NHLPA agreed to the CBA, which allows teams to send players to be sent down to clear cap space.  The Rangers gave him that crap-pile of cash in good faith that he wouldn’t be a bag of dog’s dorks costing them 6.5m on the cap until 2013-14.  It’s in the game, as EA says.  Same as on the flipside for Ilya K.

    At least he’ll be going to a league where he’ll look good on the ice.

  30. Mark C says:

    There was no “right’ way to make that move. There are a lot of cons involved if the plan was to move Price before trading Halak.

  31. Bugs says:

    What did I say?

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  32. avatar_58 says:

    Large double double plz

  33. Fire_Laraque says:

    Boone,  anyone,

    Can someone explain to me why everybody knows and writes in the papers that Gauthier made a Mickey Mouse move by moving Halak before signing Price but Gauthier is not confronted in interviews?  I mean, the guy is a vegan, he can’t be that impressive.


    On another note.  My friend went to a concert at the Bell center a few weeks back and there was trouble with the electricity.  I repeat, a MUSICAL concert.  And the people in the crowd started chanting : “HALAK, HALAK, HALAK”

    I sure hope Price doesn’t sign for more then 2.75 Mills ’cause he’s going to have a rough year in Montreal.

  34. Chuck says:

    Ok, who’s making a Timmy’s run?

  35. LA Loyalist says:

    it’s easy to be impressed with someone’s moves when no chickens have come home to roost yet, and g*d knows I hope this all works out – but trading Halak for an unknown (who may or may not work out, I have no opinion on the player per se) BEFORE signing Price was something a first year business student would not have done. Maybe Halak had to go, that’s another argument, and probably we should have got much more for him (another argument) but the way it was done was pure incompetence and does not inspire faith in these subsequent decisions.

    Sorry. Hope I’m wrong. I agree with you about Kirk Muller, if Martin stumbles thank goodness we have him.

    “to failing hands we’ve passed the torch…”

  36. TripleX says:


    True he still gets paid.  But he has to ride the buses in Hartford and suffer the humiliation of playing in the minor pro league.

    From the player’s union standpoint, they might say he signed an NHL contract in good faith and it is not his fault that the Rangers are in cap problems.

    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  37. HabFanSince72 says:

    Same deal? All the rights for free?


  38. avatar_58 says:

    Regardless – Hamrlik plays here next year. It won’t change.

  39. Exit716 says:

    Redden will still get paid his money if its in the AHL or ECHL.

  40. The Teacher says:

    That was funny 🙂

  41. TripleX says:

    Arpon Basu is speculating that with only 1.5 million left to sign Marc Staal it is all but a given that Wade Redden is going down to the AHL.

    This could be the impetus other GM’s have needed to send their high priced veterans down.  Wonder if the new CBA will prevent this from happening in the future, some of the veterans with big contracts must be worried.



    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  42. The Teacher says:

    lol!! SOMEBODY is trying a new tactic lol!

  43. TorontoHabsFan says:

    as Tony/calljo/ian cush has informed us MANY times…it’s spelled “incompetant”



  44. TorontoHabsFan says:

    nicely done 🙂

  45. SLONCOLD says:

    so define heart…

    is heart a player who cares versus someone who doesnt?

    what defines AK as being heartless? can you honestly tell me with certainty he doesn’t care about hocley or winning or about his team mates?

    heart become much less of an issue when you’re producing and winning. As far as SJ goes, they got beat by teams that were better prepared than they were.

  46. Bob Barker says:

    Rangers only signed Frolov so they can trade him to the Habs (e5). 

  47. puck face says:

    i often wonder if i’m bored or is this site making me bored. sometimes i come on HIO , read a few posts then a couple of hours later i wake up with QWERTY stamped on my forhead. the journalism side of the site is good though.

  48. Bugs says:

    Conference Final incompetent, that, they are.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  49. puck face says:

    actually when i was in the scouts summer was a very busy time for us , we did a lot of scouting and none of us were ever fired.

  50. habstrinifan says:


    Pierre Gauthier is impressing me more and more. He decides where he wants to make changes, gives those affected their walking papers early so that they can find other jobs and has gone about replacing them either on a one for one basis or with some alteration of job(s) description to suit his design. I think GOOD so far. He seems to have a comprehensive plan for the organization. And the fact that most of the signings are ‘en bloc’ is, to me, a good method. It’s as if he is assembling a ‘project’ team and not filling positions. Great management style for an environment which must focus on deliverables.

    The one fly in the ointment.  Price.  Recent signings around the league now serve to direct the perplexed glare of concern to the Price situation. And it is because Gauthier does not seem to be a man who dithers that I think the holdup is coming from the palyer’s side.

    As I have posted before I am afraid that this may not end well. But I am getting more optimistic that Gauthier already has thought of ALL possibilities and will act with conviction SOON!.

    One of the clues to the astuteness of Gauthier is the fact that Muller is still the assistant coach and not in Hamilton. There were of course many factors but I like to think that Gauthier saw the invaluable contribution of Muller during the playoffs run and the players’ response. I dont think that , without Muller,  Martin would have been as successful in taking the team to the conference finals.

    I am giving our GM A’s … so far! Let’s see him deal with the next big task as well.


  51. nightmare_49 says:

       NHL Return to ESPN a Possibility / Blueshirt Banter

      The NHL’s TV contract with Versus and NBC expires after the 2010-2011 season, that is known. What is not known, however, is where the NHL will wind up after the contract expires. According to Sports Business Daily, ESPN is interested in bringing the NHL back to their networks, including ABC

  52. Storm Man says:

    The ESPN fantasy  (HIO Habs fans only league) draft day is thu July 29 12pm EST 12 teams if I need to make more room I can it is free to play and will do the same for Hockey also. See you at the draft and you need to email me for the private pass code. FYI this is a football draft so no fighting on who drafts Price 😉

  53. mike g says:

    Heart is the reason why the SJ Sharks never won anything, despite their immense talents…

    Heart is the reason why AK46 doesn’t score 30 goals per year…

    Heart is the reason why Alexei Yashin left the NHL 9 years too early, despite his immense talent.

    Heart is the reason why the 6 foot 5 Victor Kozlov left the NHL, even though he had hand of gold and was strong as a beast.

    Ask any coach who’s ever coached NHL superstars, and they’ll all pick a player with decent skill and a ton of heart, over a guy like Frolov. In the end, there’s a reason why alot of guys never win a Cup. Ask Jonathan Toews what heart is, and then ask Frolov. You will understand which one is a winner just by thier answers.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  54. zozotheclown says:

    Bored? Check this non hockey related game out

    This program plays 20 questions with you and will guess damn near anyone. He got Price and Halak, guess who did better 😛

  55. crabvader says:

    To those lacking natural skill, heart is what makes you better. It’s what makes you improve and makes you a better hockey player/human being.


  56. nightmare_49 says:

       It’s offical, Frolov signs with Rangers for 3 million on a one year contract.

       Matt Moulson signed a one year 2.45 million contract with the Islanders.

  57. SLONCOLD says:

     i love how everyone here talks about “heart” in a player…. the thing about heart is, it means very little at the end of the day, you need to have the talent; heart doesn’t make a top corner shot, make u play your angles properly, make crsip passes, talent does.

    depends what you define as heart too.

  58. Rugger says:

    I would do it.

  59. crabvader says:

    Yann Danis to the KHL.


  60. Storm Man says:

    It is a free league. I will see how much intrest I get could be a 10 team league or 20 it will be a private HIO league.

  61. says:

    Very happy.  I’m tired of disgruntled Russians in the NHL.  Listen to this guy, he says One more year in the NHL.  Who wants someone who’s dedication could be for another continent.

    The Rags are a perfect for him.  Just another Zherdev.  So much talent, so little character.

    They Call Me Shane

  62. TorontoHabsFan says:

    My word, they *actually* went out and hired some scouts to replace the ones they let go? AND they did it during the off-season when scouts aren’t doin’ much scoutin’ anyway?


    butbutbut I thought they weren’t going to replace the fired coaches because PG/BG is INCOMPETANT!!!!1!!


    will our resident doom and gloomers give their required mea culpas? I’m not holding my breath.

  63. Maffu says:

    I’m interested, will get on the website sometime this week. Anything else to know StormMan?

  64. TomNickle says:

    And it will be Price going the other way.

    I’m sure that his daily rumour will be Price and a 2nd to Edmonton for Cogliano or Price and a 1st to Columbus for Filatov.

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    Having put up with Frolov to the Habs rumours for what seems like 2 years, glad to see this one finally out of our hair. Still, I’m sure Eklund has us in the hunt for Brule and Cogliano more than ever (snicker).


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  66. mike g says:


    Anyone else happy that Frolov is apparently signing with NYR?

    I couldn’t take those rumors about him having discussed with the Habs. I know they’re just rumors, but if there was one overpriced, overhyped, and overrated/heartless player that I didn’t want the Habs to sign this year, it was Frolov.

    Hope he signs in NYR. Seems like a good fit since Glen always manages to sign wastes of talent like him.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  67. mike g says:

    Tell me where I buy my season tickets..

    I’ll be 1st in line.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  68. matmacat says:

    good god. let’s bring back a MLB team here.

  69. Storm Man says:

    It’s full now lol does not take long but go to the site and if I have alot of intrest I will do a private HIO league can do one with 10 teams or 20 teams and it will be in a draft format.

  70. TomNickle says:

    When’s the draft?

  71. Storm Man says:

    If anyone here wants to play ESPN fantasy football  the league name is gurus of the gridiron my team name is Global Killers try and beat the champ 🙂 

  72. HabFanSince72 says:

    The occasionally amusing, but usually lame,  downgoesbrown  has a new gig, writing for Conrad Black’s old rag.



    Note how he makes fun of the Canucks, Sens and Habs. If you’re going to write a satirical piece about the Stanley Cup it seems one sad sack team ought to be mentioned before any of these.


    For example:


    Consider having several small cards printed up that explain that the
    Stanley Cup is a trophy awarded to the NHL champion at the end of every
    season. This will save you from having to constantly stop and explain
    everything to lifelong Vancouver Canucks fans who have never seen it


    That isn’t very funny, and in any case Sean is a Leaf fan who hasn’t and never will see his team lifting that trophy.

  73. likehoy says:

    now we can’t complain about gauthier not having scouts….

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