The Canadiens have fired general manager Pierre Gauthier.
Principal owner Geoff Molson will meet the media at 11:45 Thursday morning at the Canadiens training complex in Brossard.
HIO will be there.
Media hordes are swarming in Brossard and the lines are blazing on all-sports radio.
Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated told CJAD listeners the primary criterion of a new GM is “smarts”. Quite aprt from language and the other peculiarities of the Montreal market, running a hockey team in 2012 is a tough gig.
Long gone are the days when the NHL was Sam Pollock and the Five Dwarfs.
The new man will have to be sharp … and he’ll need help, because running the Canadiens is not the one-man job Pierre Gauthier tried to pull off.
The question, as we await Molson’s remarks: What happens to the other guy in the front office?
What happens to Bob Gainey, architect of so much of the current misery (Gomez in, McDonagh out … to cite just one case)?
Given the timing of Gauthier’s sacking, will Molson appoint an interim GM?
And will Gainey be the man?
Answers to come … soon.