THE DON HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE NEXT HABS’ GM


If it’s personality that Habs’ fans are looking for from the next general manager of this team, the Canadiens should go out and hire Don Rickles to keep the masses happy.

I hear he’s available. You hockey puck.

I think it’s a given that Pierre Gauthier will not be back as GM next season.  And although it’s easy to question some of the moves he’s made since taking over from Bob Gainey, many Habs fans — and many in the media — seem to be hung up with Gauthier’s personality; the same way that Jacques Martin wasn’t exciting enough behind the bench.

The Leafs’ Brian Burke could be available, sooner, rather than later (although I suspect it’ll be later).  Burke, who has never met a microphone he didn’t like, is a terrific quote.  And I’ll be the first to admit that, on the day Randy Carlyle was named head coach of the Leafs — prior to a game against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre — it was refreshing to listen to Burke speak with passion, conviction and candor.  He’s a guy who certainly wears his heart on his sleeve.

However, last time I checked, the Leafs have finished out of the playoffs, yet again.  I wonder how Burke’s act is playing in Toronto, these days.

If you want to complain about the fact that Pierre Gauthier went out and picked up the washed-up Tomas Kaberle, go ahead.  If you believe Gauthier could have done a whole lot better than Rene Bourque when he sent Michael Cammalleri packing, you’d be making a valid point.

However, if you are hung up over the fact that Pierre Gauthier calls his players “Mr.”, isn’t quick with a quip, and often sounds like he’s reading from the back of a cereal box, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

You’re also going to be very disappointed when the Habs skip over someone like Pierre Mcguire in favour of someone like, let’s just say, for arguments sake, Julien Brisebois, when it comes to replce P.G. as the G.M. of this club.

I’m here all week. Try the veal.

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About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n5BdB9ngYw My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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