If we can all agree that Pierre Gauthier’s tenure as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens will come to an end at the end of the season, then it should come as absolutely no surprise that he walked away from the trade table with only significant move under his belt today: a deal that sends Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville for a 2nd-round pick in 2013.
From all accounts, Gauthier’s day at the office is done.
It would be hard to imagine Gauthier getting carte blanche to overhaul this team if he’s not going to be around next season to see this thing through. That’s not to say, of course, that Gauthier WON’T be back next season. But if I were a betting man…
I know plenty of Habs fans were clamouring for the team to jettison players like Tomas Kaberle, Chris Campoli, SCOTT GOMEZ, among others. But seriously, why would there be any takers for ANY of those players???
It’s called supply and demand. And the Canadiens have a large supply of players that there was no demand for.
In addition, those of you fretting that the Canadiens might deal players like Tomas Plekanec, PK Subban or Erik Cole can breath easier right about now. The Habs did NOT throw the baby out with the bath water.
More decisions will be made at the end of the season (the end is near!!!) when it comes to keeping, or signing, unrestricted free agents. Those decisions will not be made by Pierre Gauthier. And the players who end up on this team next season will not be coached by Randy Cunneyworth.
If I were a betting man.
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