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.

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