Update: Canadiens make a move!

AUDIO: Pierre Gauthier (huge thanks to CJAD’s Rick Moffat for sharing this)

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | P.K. Subban | Brent Sopel | Yannick Weber

Quick Hit on deadline day

The Canadiens made a move on Monday, getting goaltender Drew MacIntyre from the Atlanta Thrashers in return for Brett Festerling.

MacIntyre is scheduled to join the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

In explaining his inaction during a late-afternoon media briefing in Atlanta, Pierre Gauthier compared the Canadiens’ situation to that of someone who has set aside money for a summer vacation only to discover his roof had to be replaced.

The Canadiens’ injuries on D – Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges and Jaro Spacek – obliged Gauthier to make acquisitions – James Wisniewski, Paul Mara and Brent Sopel – that left the GM with little cap space or wiggle room to make a major deal tofay.

“We have an established identity and style of play,” Gauthier said. “We had success in the playoffs last season with this nucleus of players.”

In noting the degree of of competitive balance in the NHL, Gauthier said teams “can’t afford to rebuild … you have to be building all the time.”

Gauthier said the Canadiens are “a comptent team” with good chemistry, veteran leadership and a group of young players who will continue to improve.

Questioned about his team’s lack of size, Gauthier said while the Canadiens may not be physically intimidating, they are a difficult to team to play against because of their speed and playing system.


ATLANTA (February 28, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today that
the team acquired goaltender Drew MacIntyre from the Atlanta Thrashers, in return for Brett Festerling.
MacIntyre is scheduled to join the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
The 27-year old MacIntyre played 20 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this season posting a record of 12
wins, 5 losses and one OTL. The 6’2’’ and 185 lbs netminder maintained a 2.91 GAA along with a .906 save
percentage. Throughout his AHL career, MacIntyre earned 130 wins, had 79 losses and 11 OTL in 240 games
played. He recorded 13 shutouts and displays a 2.44 GAA and .915 save percentage.
MacIntyre played two games in the NHL, both with the Vancouver Canucks in 2007-08, losing once and
displaying a 2.95 goals against average along with a .894 save percentage.
MacIntyre completed his junior career with the Sherbrooke Castors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League (QMJHL) where he minded the net from 1999 to 2003. In four seasons with Sherbrooke, he registered 73
wins, 87 losses and 13 OTL and recorded seven shutouts while posting a 3.29 GAA.
A Charlottetown, native, MacIntyre was the Detroit Red Wings’ 2nd pick (4th round, 121st overall) at the
2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Brett Festerling played 48 games in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch and the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11
recording 16 points (3 goals and 13 assists). He also served 56 penalty minutes and had 64 shots on goal.
Festerling was acquired from Anaheim on December 31, 2010 in the transaction that sent Maxim Lapierre to
the Ducks.


  1. Da Hema says:

    We can certainly describe that as sh*tty analysis.

  2. HabFanSince72 says:

    Ignoring observer …

  3. joeybarrie says:

    Yeah, and I am sure the Caps are going to look at MacGuire to replace him…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  4. HardHabits says:

    Too much logic for these pages.

  5. TripleX says:

    From Wikipedia:


    McGuire won two Stanley Cups as a scout and assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992. He then joined the Hartford Whalers as an assistant coach and was later named assistant general manager. On November 17, 1993 he was named head coach, leading the team to a 23-37-7 record in the 1993–94 after replacing Paul Holmgren in mid-season.[4] Holmgren replaced McGuire as head coach following that campaign.

    Prior to his coaching career, McGuire played professional hockey in Europe. From 1994 to 1996, McGuire worked as a pro scout and assistant coach in the Ottawa Senators organization.[5]


    Calling me an opinionated 18 year old with no actual NHL experience or knowledge might have a lot of validity.  Not so much with Pierre McGuire, unless your NHL resume is more impressive.

    ps the point of places like HIO is for the ignorant, amateur fan base to vent and quite often opinions will differ that does not make someone egotistical, pompous or a troll but rather just a fan like you…..we all want the Habs to return to past glory only our opinions on how differs

  6. observer says:

    would yankees or celtics or lakers ever hire a GM with the 30 year record including 2 firings as gm that gauthier has? canadiens compared to them as class teams, at least in the old days here but not those who stil are class!

  7. portle44 says:

    McGuire is OK.His only problem is that when he appears on the Toronto Sports Network he shills for the Leafs like all the others do.You will never hear him tell the faithful that the Leafs  still several seasons of Suckiness ahead of them. Apart from being a  matching book end with Darren Dreger . no real complaints

  8. Say Ash says:

    Monty Gauthier.

  9. observer says:

    if they handled the gm job right in the first place they wouldnt need to make big moves at the deadline and theyd have had all kinds of cap space because they wouldnt have ever acquired gomez and even signed laraques to a long contract.

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    I actually like most people on TSN. McKenzie, MacT, Barnaby, Duthie, Hodge… etc. The reason everyone hates on McGuire is because no matter what he may know about hockey, he makes everything personal. That’s why people hate him. Same reason people hate Ferraro. Ferraro’s rant against Lapierre earlier in the day is a perfect example, he hates him, and he doesn’t even attempt to hide it. It’s incredibly unprofessional. McGuire does the same thing with the Habs, he bashes every move they make or moves they don’t make, no matter whether or not it’s a good deal.

  11. andrewberkshire says:

    Someone wanted to interview McGuire for a GM job and Gauthier wouldn’t allow it, then when the position was filled Gauthier fired McGuire.

  12. Say Ash says:

    Actually, Gauthier did something even worse. Boone posted the details here once but I can’t remember the order of events.

  13. Dwayne33 says:

    I am excited about Drew in Montreal’s organization. We are both from PEI. My son and I met him last summer at a Subway restaurant in Charlottetown. We had a great conversation with him, seems like a really nice guy. He should help the Bulldogs in Hamilton, his AHL numbers are very respectable. My inlaws live in Hamilton as well, so I am excited about going for a visit and seeing Drew play for the Bulldogs.

  14. habs365 says:

    what ever your smoking, give it up, your brain is fried

  15. Malreg says:

    Can we ban this guy yet? Maybe an IP ban this time so he stops coming back? 

  16. PrimeTime says:

    LOL….I love it when all the crazy’s show up!!! Does anyone really think that PG was going to make us a contender today??? The bottom teams sell and the top teams buy. Habs are neither today. Maybe in 2-3 years if we are a “top” team then we will be buyers and eveyone can gets their rocks off. If we aren’t, then I suspect we will have new managment, and again….rocks off!! Get a life, people.

  17. alestar says:

    We need goaltenders? Wasn’t Ty Conklin available on waivers earlier today?

    Ow, my head…


    XXIV…and counting

  18. lenny says:

    so we tradded Laps for a career minor league goalie?…..

  19. Iceberg84 says:

    He’s also not a bad wrestler! Check out the gun show: http://bit.ly/dOGogu

  20. observer says:

    and they get a 3rd and a player for him. GAUTHIER AND GAINEY ARE 2 OLD FLUNKIES!

  21. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    The cup is ours!!!

  22. MEGAJOSH says:

    Language breaks down when trying to explain the uselessness of Pierre Gauthier.

    I will be nowhere near a television come March 8th.

  23. longtimehabsfan says:

    Oh boy!!!!

    Site was inaccessible for a while.  Must have been some serious bitch blogging going on.

  24. observer says:

    30 YEARS of failure and advised by gainey the concussed near 60 year old who is a man of yesterday

  25. Shiloh says:


  26. gmd says:

    So the Gomez for a bag a stale Air Canada Centre popcorn deal fell through??

  27. Flobomb12 says:
    The exact same thing is written every year. It actually might just be a copy and paste with the changing of names like Hossa to Penner and so on… I guess ill check in next year at this time to hear the panel and habs management say the same thing to us again. Nothing like 18 years of “we just aren’t a true contender”, we didn’t want to sell off our young talent”, “we don’t have that much nhl ready talent to trade”, “We have drafted american d-men with half of our last 10 first round picks, but none of them ever amount to anything”……. oh wait, I put that one in there myself. This is fun 🙂
  28. Frank2468 says:

    Yes what an earth shattering trade a minor leauge trade guess that justifies PG flying all the way to Atlanta today, give me a break. How is McIntrye suposed to help the Habs against the Bruins and Flyers guess he can sit on the bench and fire spit balls at them when they skate by.  I’m so tired of this administration.  It would look good on PG and JM if the Habs finished in 9th or got killed in the first round and bounced in 4 straight.  At least Higgins and Lapierre have a chance to win the cup good for them, we have the chance to win the tin cup on the 18th hole.  Same old same old every year there will be alot of blah blah blah at 5:00PM from PG.

  29. Drive_For_25 says:

    Nope.  We traded him for Mara, a spot for Desharnais (which is looking to be very worthwhile) and a minor league goalie.  Don’t listen to this clown below.  He loves to hate. 


    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Da Hema says:

    What should Gauthier have done otherwise?

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