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. Kooch7800 says:

    Not  bad pick ups for Washington. I think Arnott is exactly what they need in that dressing room.  Some leadership, defensive responsibility and offense.

    Van City did as well. 4th line now has Lapps and Higgins.  That is a lot of speed.

    I didn’t think we would be very active today.  Giving up a first rounder and Tinordi for Penner would have been insane. Tinordi will be good and we have so many wholes in this line up a couple of players are not going to make us a contender.

    Until we get rid of the Gomez contract we will never be a true threat. cause he will be our second centre and I said that before they signed plek’s.  Plek’s is what Gomez should be. 


  2. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Steckel and a 2nd-rounder for Arnott?  That’s like us trading Halpern and a second-rounder for him.  Thanks, but no thanks.  I’m fine with Gauthier not making moves if those are the prices we’re talking

  3. Malreg says:

    So you would have liked to have traded a 1st round pick, Tinordi, and another 2nd or 3rd pick for Penner?

  4. Habnofear says:

    Step down!!!!!

  5. kempie says:

    McGuire can’t figure out why MTL didn’t make some big deals to make a Stanley Cup push this year. Our window is closing. And he wants to to be our GM? Pffffft.

  6. observer says:

    of the top 11 eastern teams only toronto only toronto only lousy burke built toronto – scored less goals than montreal and toronto scored ONE goal less than montreal. wash, bost, pitts, buf, atl, all bettered their teams offensively and gauthier advised by the dufus gainey does nothing! deja vu! again!

  7. Kooch7800 says:

    with both the East and west being so close there are a lot more buyers than sellers.  Supply in demand prices go up.  

    With our injuries it is smarter to stand pat.  

  8. MEGAJOSH says:

    Adding some desperately-needed size up front would have been a nice start.

  9. habs365 says:

    we didn’t lose any good assets which is fine with me, not that it matters, I don’t pay them..anyway a playoff series against Tampa or Boston..means a early exit from the playoffs..why give up good assets..start fresh oct 2011….

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    So how did my trade deadline predictions turn out?

    1. Every time a player moves someone will criticize PG for not making the deal. WRONG.

    2. Gomez still with the Habs. RIGHT.

    3. Burke to be a loudmouth. RIGHT

    4. Bruins suck. RIGHT.

    5. Observer to talk shite all day long. RIGHT.


    4 out of 5.

  11. observer says:

    165 goals!

  12. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    So does Pierre McGuire saying Habs shoulda done something make the posters here think he is right?

    Cuz it should make you realize Habs did the right thing. Nothing.

    Also said our team is old, and we are missing our ‘window’

  13. observer says:

    lapierre was worth a 3rd and a player gauthier got nothing!

  14. Drive_For_25 says:

    Your an idiot. 

  15. CHCanadien says:

    What does Pierre McGuire have against the Habs?  This guy is constantly bashing them.

  16. Malreg says:

    You mean we shouldn’t sell the farm to make a run when 3 of our top 6 D are done for the year?!  Lol McGuire is such a tool…

  17. observer says:

    molson should fire him and his “advisor”

  18. observer says:

    30 years ofvfailure – how does he ever get such a job? yankees would not hire a gm so unqualified! dont shoot the messenger mr. airhead!

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pierre Gauthier fired him in OTT in the 90s and he feels he was cheated out of being GM back when Gainey got the job.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Mcguire hasn’t worked an actual NHL job in about 15 years now, but he still thinks his extensive experience as a  MMQB makes him qualified for a top job.


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

  20. Hobie Hansen says:

    So we didn’t do anything…not the end of the world.

    In my opinion Markov is the MVP of the team along with Price. Losing Markov, and Gorges on top of it all, really ruined our small chance of winning the cup. Brining in Wisniewski and Sopel was commendable and who knows, maybe they can hold the fort back there for a while, but we’re a long shot at best now.

     We’re still a few players away from being a force in the Eastern Conference. In my opinion, Gauthier and Gainey’s approach has been solid to date. They’ve slowly brought this team from a good bet to miss the playoffs to a team that should make the playoffs.

    In saying that, let’s hope they can do something this summer to add some size and toughness to the team up front to help out the smaller forwards. If they fail to do that they still have reinforcements in the wind. We’ve got LeBlanc and Tinordi who are about two or three years away respectively. The Habs at least have a plan in place and I believe their draft and scouting system is doing a decent job.

    We may not be loaded at the moment like Philadelphia or maybe Boston but overall we’re slowly getting better.

    Heading into the final stretch drive and into the playoffs, I look at the Habs like a pair of Jacks in a game of Texas Hold’em. They’re quite often dead in the water if they run into pocket Aces, Kings or Queens but maybe we can get help from another team knocking one of them out of the picture in the 1st round.  Montreal could possibly pull off a miracle and beat Boston or Philadelphia but to run into them both spells doom.

    At least we’re headed for the playoffs at the moment because you never know what could happen once you get there but the odds are highly stacked against us without making our team any better today.      


  21. Frank2468 says:

    You may not like McGuire but at least he seems to care and some passion for the Habs, I can’t say the same about Count Chocula Martin, and Frankin Berry up in the head office.  I’m not crazy about McGuire either but I don’t think he would do any worse then the ceral crew we have right now.

  22. Kooch7800 says:

    He is an absolute TOOL. McQuire gives me a headache. How he was ever an assistant coach is beyond me.

    Even when you watch the game he will bash a player all game and then they will do something very minor and they are the best player in the game.  Just learn too mute him out like don cherry

  23. observer says:

    dream on. he is exactly right!

  24. TripleX says:

    Nothing.  His problem is the exact opposite.  He is a lifelong Hab fan and can’t help being overly critical.  If he did not care he could care less what Montreal did or didn’t do.

    A lot of us on HIO share his affliction.  I wish I did not care so much a lot to the time.

  25. observer says:

    worst scoring team of top 8 in east and he tried not to better the roster. this is no gm that will ever lead the team anywhere. last year was a halak miracle/fluke!

  26. Kooch7800 says:

    do you know how expensive that popcorn is?  they would never make that trade. Maybe a bottle of tap water

  27. Shiloh says:

    Glad we didn’t move AK – sad we didn’t dump Gomez. Hope we get a senior management team and coach who realize that we are in a new millenium. Hopefully, that will occur by the time Gomez the Anchor is done a couple of years down the road.

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    McGuire is a Habs fan at heart! He loves the Habs and is from Quebec. He sounds polite compaired to half the people on here wishing Gauthier and Martin would get fired…

  29. RGM says:

    So really there’s not much difference between McGuire and the great majority of HI/O posters…except that Pierre’s gainfully employed to talk about hockey on two major networks.

    Go Habs Go!

  30. Mark C says:

    what players traded today would have helped? outside of penner i didn’t see one such player! arnott has 11 goals, max-pac has 11 goals in half the games!!!111!!!!!

  31. Da Hema says:

    I don’t see how that can be done at this stage of the season without sacrificing the younger core of players, the latter of which would be a serious mistake. I confess I am frustrated that for 15 years the Habs tried to build a “small, fast, European” team for the NHL. The good news is, if the last few drafts are some indicator, that phase is over. I doubt adding one additional large forward will do anything to improve this current team. If Moen and some of the other forwards would play to their size, this might not even be an issue at all.

  32. dh says:

    Odds were stacked against us last year and we did pretty well.  If Price can bring his A game, Cammy can light em up and Gomez can play as well as last year’s post season, we now have Maxpacs looking pretty decent and Pouliot rolling.  Maybe AK will continue busting on the line with Eller and Moen and we’ll be a surprise again.  Who knows.  Need to concentrate on moving up in the standings to increase our chances. 

  33. PrimeTime says:

    I disagree. He is a petty man with an axe to grind. He probably is a decent guy, so I have heard, but his media persona is unprofessional and egotistical. He runs his mouth thinking he knows more about teams and the game then the people who actually earn a paycheck doing so. Sound familiar??  

  34. HalifaxHabs says:

    that’s putting it nicely

  35. observer says:

    yeah right pitts , bost, wash, etc. have a lot of farms to “mortgage” each and every year

  36. blu3chip says:

    Gomez’s contract is much more tradable next year.

    But will PG trade him? While many of us think that the Gomez trade was bad, BG/PG may not think that way.

  37. ZepFan2 says:

    Lord, you were born a ramblin’ man

    Tryin’ out your trollin’ and pretendin’ to be a fan

    But when it’s time for readin’ I hope you’ll understand

    We ignore the ramblin’ man

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  38. observer says:

    he had all year! he did nothing! filled 2 holes left by injured d-men but this teams problem is they cant score. especially on even strength . there were forwards out there who could have help both size wise and scoring wise. AS GAINEY STYLE HE AND GAINEY DID NOTHING AGAIN!

  39. andrewberkshire says:

    Always hilarious to see the serial whiners going on about lack of deadline moves and what they would have done and blah blah blah. Hilariously it’s the same people who think the Habs aren’t a contender this year that are so intent on Gauthier mortgaging the future for a one year run.

    Here’s some food for thought, James Wisniewski was had for about 1/20th the value LA gave up for Dustin Penner. They both have 39 points, Wiz hit that mark in 3 fewer games. Since the trade, Wiz has 18 points in 24 games, an even rating and 10 powerplay points.

    Penner has 15 points over 27 games in that same span, and is -9, with just 2 powerplay points.

    Would anyone hear give up Tinordi, our 1st rounder in 2011 and a conditional 2nd or 3rd rounder for James Wisniewski?

    How about the whiners stop bitching for 5 seconds and see the forest for the trees.

  40. shiram says:

    Those next few years are looking great, and yea with his pay being less, while cap remains high, there is possibility to move Gomez.

    But the one thing preventing us from moving him, is the lack of a replacement.


  41. SLONCOLD says:

    what’s with the hate for McGuire? not for anything he does know his stuff, he might be irritaing sometimes but who isn’t on TV? everyone here hates everyone on rds, sportsnet, tsn and cbc… who the hell do u actually like lol

    to say he’s a tool or a hack is lame. last i checked he has more nhl experience and probably knows hockey better than most of us.

  42. Displaced says:

    then trade halpern for that… that’s the point that PG doesn’t get.  we lose halpern at the end of the year. we are missing key assets to EXPECT a long playoff run.  If we could have had a third for halpern (like Arnott), a third for moen (like Laps), a third for Spacek (like a bunch of stiffs), a prospect and first rounder for AK (like Penner, Versteeg, etc.) then DO IT!!!!!  How are we going to replace Cammi, Gio, etc. in the next 2-3 years?  A new batch of UFAs??? No thanks. 

    leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  43. observer says:

    they hate him because he tells the truth about the terrible gms both gauthier and gainey ARE here.

  44. shiram says:

    When I saw what LA traded for Penner I was shocked, and quit happy we didnt do a similar deal. And I’m glad we kept AK46 too, if only for the remainder of the season.

  45. Ton says:

    I am ok with what went down, build with the draft. I just thought we might get a little bigger. Hate playing against Lucic and Norton whom can score and beat us up as well. Hope this changes soon.  How did the flyers and bruins get deeper than us in talent pool? I don’t track every move.

  46. portle44 says:

    Whew for awhile I thought Gauthier was going to stand pat.

  47. RGM says:

    It’s pathological with some people, they’re not happy unless they’re miserable about some aspect of the team, its players, and/or its management. I think some should seriously examine the amount of time they spend railing about the exact same thing over and over and wonder what it says about them.

    Go Habs Go!

  48. Mark C says:

    I don’t get the whole “window” argument; any objective observer should be able to realize Montreal’s best window is not this year, but one in the next few years.

    He willingly acknowledges that Montreal has suffered due to a few major injuries, yet still wants Montreal to mortgage the better future window* to marginally improve their current very low odds of winning a Cup?

    * Maybe there won’t be a future window, but based on having Price, Subban, Max-Pac, Benny, etc. in their primes at the same time, objectively one must view that the window as being better than this one. 


  49. Hobie Hansen says:

    I think Pierre McGuire’s name has been mentioned today more often today than Pierre Gauthier’s lol. It’s just amazing how the majority of people can’t stand him. People really have it in for guys McGuire, Cherry and Milbury on this site.

    I think all three of them can make you shake your head sometimes, especially Milbury, but McGuire and Cherry are most often than not, correct. If their delivery is a little in your face or what have you that’s fine but so is the game of hockey.

    Do I spend time up close and personal with the players in the NHL, no, but from what I see as a fan who watches all 82 games plus the playoffs every year, the players love talking to Cherry or McGuire. Both of them are arrogant sure, but that’s part of their act.

    Anyways, those guys are there to get people talking and watching I guess and they’re doing a good of it, plus giving excellent first hand insight into the game.


  50. HabFanSince72 says:

    Always hilarious to see the serial whiners going on about lack of deadline moves

    Who are you referring to? The almost unanimous view on H I/O appears to be thank God we didn’t make any major moves.


  51. HabFanSince72 says:

    “Komisarek will blossom now that he no longer has to cover for Markov”

    – Pierre McGuire, July 2009


  52. observer says:

    worse, spending all that time when the team has absolutely no shot of ever winning the cup because the management team is one of the worst in hockey. wakey wakey! the gm a 30 year loser was fired by both the great senators and by the anaheim mighty ducks.

  53. joeybarrie says:

    THE TRUTH about our TERRIBLE GM’s… THEY ARE HERE…BOTH OF THEM…. BOO HOO… dude you really make me laugh sometimes.

    And its freaking astonishing MacGuire isnt running a team somewhere isnt it???

    Bruce Boudreau said it best. These guys who like to point fingers and makes comments in the media do so because the truth is, if they really knew anything about the sport, they would BE IN IT…. Not fired from it….

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

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    The issue I take with Mcguire is he acts like he’s never been wrong about anything and he makes ridiculous statements far too often. He mocked Montreal for taking Carey Price in 2005 when hey guess what, the goaltending future was not well in hand with Huet, Theodore and Yann Denis. He went on national TV saying “Montreal had the Big Three of Robinson, Savard and Lapointe, Toronto’s got the Big Four of Komisarek, Schenn, Kaberle and Beauchemain.” Those four aren’t fit to tie Robinson’s skates. He says he’s a Matt Cooke fan, a fan of a player who has attempted to end the careers of players for years and has likely ended the career of Marc Savard, or at the least, reduced him to a late-years Lindros.

    Oh and let’s not forget, listen to Team 990 often enough and you’d swear he was the HC of the Penguins when they won the 91 and 92 Cups. Not like he wasn’t the assistant to Bob Johnson and Scotty Bowman coaching a mini-Dynasty team.

    I like a few guys on TSN, but the only TV guys I have unabashed respect for are Bob Mackenzie and Pierre Lebrun, they always get their facts right and they’re very objective.


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

  55. Hobie Hansen says:

    Yeah and Boudreau’s job is real safe heading into next season too!

  56. Da Hema says:

    HIO is a metaphor for democracy itself: incoherent, nasty, short-sighted, and petty. The expectations some posters have are so unrealistic, it is disturbing to think such people are allowed to vote where crucial matters of governance are at stake. While I do everything in my power to resist Plato’s criticisms of democracy, HIO frequently looks exactly like his description of democracy.

  57. observer says:

    la gave up a #4 defenseman on a AHL team NOT  a kostitsyn!

  58. observer says:

    this is canadiens not capitals or nordiques

  59. RGM says:

    Exhibit A makes his arrival.

    Go Habs Go!

  60. slapshot777 says:

    No, Andrew is correct. It’s not what Pierre says so much as the way he says it. It doesn’t matter what the Habs do, in Pierre’s eyes it’s wrong. The Habs did nothing so he says they should have done somethiung since they have not much in the way of players coming up through the minors.

    Now if Pierre was to make that trade earlier that was reported on that fake Pierre LeBrun account, then Pierre would have been saying the other thing that The Habs gave up way too much and that they should not be giving up their draft pick as that is the only way to build a team and depth. They should also not be giving away a stud like Tinordi, who is going to be a monster. No way Pierre wins. That is why people dislike and have a hate for McGuire.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  61. joeybarrie says:

    I don’t know. I would be inclined to give you number 1. I am pretty sure if you looked hard enough you would see criticism about almost every single trade, and how either the Habs got screwed in a different trade or could have done it themselves…

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

  62. Hobie Hansen says:

    This coming from a Leafs fan “Observer”

  63. Da Hema says:

    The “almost unanimous view?” This thread is filled with posters threatening jihad against the current administration of the Canadiens.

  64. joeybarrie says:

    Are you comparing the NHL to Baseball and Basketball???

    You know its funny, cause people like you think PG is not good choice. However, on the flip side of that coin, the people who were PART of that class that you talk about, the ones who helped hold it high do not agree with you. I think that they would agree with me that PG is doing a good job.

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

  65. andrewberkshire says:

    Really? From the comments I see it’s about 60/40 the other way.

  66. joeybarrie says:

    Don’t you think that since you are preaching about the difference between the teams, JUST MAYBE, you yourself should at least give them the common courtesy of using a capital for the Canadiens…

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

  67. andrewberkshire says:

    As Churchill said, “…democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”

  68. slapshot777 says:

    Thank-you, Joey. That’s the truth in a nutshell. It’s so easy to point blame at someone. These guys don’t care about these teams they just want to see trades for their own egos and for the ratings. They couldn’t care less if it puts a team in a higher standing in the league or if it throws them under the bus and the GM gets fired tomorrow.

    A good GM doesn’t make a trade for the sake of making trades. PG has a plan and he will try and follow it as close to his vest as possible. If he can make a trade within the parimeters he has set out, then no doubt he will make it. All we have to do is look at the trades he made for the Wiz and Sopel and Dawes. Decent players for picks and minor leaguers without affecting the actual lineup. He didn’t sacrifice the future, and he didn’t affect the lineup. The players like Kristo, Leblanc, Tinordi are still there to grow and thrive with their respective teams and within the organization, plus we still have 6 picks in the up coming draft.

    Looking at teams like Edmonton even with that Penner draft, they still only have 9 picks. I am not dissappointed that we didn’t make a trade. If it was not to our benefit then I can live with it. Lets stick to the plan and see where it goes.




    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  69. andrewberkshire says:

    As I said earlier in the week, the Canadiens organization values Andrei Kostitsyn a lot more highly than the commentors on this website. I knew he wouldn’t be traded because based on his salary and production he’s not a bad deal in this league, and he still has untapped potential. Sometimes players like AK don’t blossom until later.

  70. SLONCOLD says:

    i think Ferraro is a border line re-tard lol

  71. andrewberkshire says:

    “In the 70’s Montreal had the Big Three with Robinson, Savard and Lapointe. Well this year with Komisarek, Beachemin, Schenn and Kaberle Toronto has the Big Four!!!”

    – Pierre McGuire, October 2009

  72. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m assuming I was supposed to read this like Zach Galifinakis from the Hangover, correct? If so, lol!

  73. Da Hema says:

    “In fact,” Plato’s Socrates said of the democratic citizen, “he lives for the pleasure of the moment. One day it’s wine, women, and song, the next bread and water; one day it’s hard physical training, the next indolence and ease, and then a period of philosophic study. Next he takes to politics and is always on his feet saying or doing whatever comes into his head. Sometimes all his ambitions are military, sometimes they are all directed to success in business. There’s no order or restraint in his life, and he reckons his way of living is pleasant, free, and happy.”

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