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Montreal’s Goal- Aim Higher

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Around the sporting cathedral that is the Bell Centre in Montreal, Pierre Gauthier was called The Ghost, which really only made him one of many. The Montreal Canadiens are steeped in hauntings, in visitations, in visions of the past. Les Glorieux have not been truly glorious in almost two decades, but the aura still lingers, cloudy as it has occasionally become.

Gauthier was fired as the general manager of the Canadiens on Thursday, just two years into a tenure that skated gracefully from an overtime Game 7 against the eventual Stanley Cup champions in his first season to a full-on bonfire in his second. It was a remarkable immolation; a series of unfortunate events, in tone and in substance. The Canadiens are the worst team in the Eastern Conference, but this season was probably worse than that.

“We can’t just be satisfied to make it to the playoffs,” Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said in a smooth news conference in Montreal that managed to be both penitent and aspirational. “We must aim much higher. Our entire organization must aim for a championship every year. Our fans are asking for nothing less.”


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