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. 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??  

  2. HalifaxHabs says:

    that’s putting it nicely

  3. observer says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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~

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. observer says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. portle44 says:

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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. 


  17. 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.


  18. 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.


  19. HabFanSince72 says:

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

    - Pierre McGuire, July 2009


  20. 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.

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

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

  24. 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.

  25. observer says:

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

  26. observer says:

    this is canadiens not capitals or nordiques

  27. RGM says:

    Exhibit A makes his arrival.

    Go Habs Go!

  28. 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.

  29. 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…

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