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The Pierre Gauthier Era

Looking at the moves and happenings during his time as GM of the Canadiens

Last Updated: March 29, 2012

February 8, 2010

The Canadiens surprise many hockey observers by announcing that Bob Gainey will step down as GM of the club, to be replaced by Pierre Gauthier, who accumulated several years of NHL front office experience with Quebec, Anaheim and Ottawa. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Here is a brief look back at Gauthier's career. Click on the dates below to navigate through the timeline.


March 2

One of Gauthier's first trades involves sending Matt D'Agostini to St. Louis. D'Agostini has played 134 games with the Blues as of March 29, while Aaron Palushaj has bounced between the Habs and the AHL (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

April/May 2010

Just three months into Gauthier's tenure, Montreal stuns Washington and Pittsburgh in the playoffs to reach the Eastern Conference final, largely on the strength of goalie Jaroslav Halak. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)


June 17

The Canadiens stun many by casting their lot with Carey Price (left), sending recent playoff star Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis for young players Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)


June 25

Through no fault of Gauthier's the Habs have just five picks in the 2010 draft. Their top pick was big defenceman Jarred Tinordi, who is currently playing in the OHL. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


June 29

While their were concerns about Sergei Kostitsyn's lifestyle in Montreal, the trade with the Predators netted Dustin Boyd and Dan Ellis, veterans who combined to play just 10 games for Montreal. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)


November 11

The Habs send defensive defenceman Ryan O'Byrne to Colorado for teenager Michael Bournival, who is still in the Quebec juniors. Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)


April 23

Carey Price skates off the ice to end Montreal's 2010-11 playoff campaign in the first round. The Habs led the third place Bruins 2-0 in games and were one shot away from the upset in Game 7, but lost in overtime.


June 24

Montreal has seven picks in the 2011 draft, using their top pick on Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman Nathan Beaulieu. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


July 2

Signing Erik Cole to a four year deal worth $18 million US was a debatable move, but the longtime Carolina Hurricane has arguably been Montreal's best skater this season. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)


December 17

The Canadiens fire coach Jacques Martin, who spent 2 1/2 seasons on the job. The naming of Randy Cunneyworth, left, as replacement causes a furor with some as he does not speak French. (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle/Getty Images)


January 12

Montreal sends popular Mike Cammelleri to Calgary in a multi-player trade, with Rene Bourque (pictured) the biggest name coming back. As of March 29, Bourque had seven points in 33 games for Montreal, while Cammalleri has 15 in 24 contests with the Flames. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

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