by PuckStopsHere on 03/29/12 at 03:05 PM ET
Ever since Geoff Molson made statements that undermined GM Pierre Gauthier after Randy Cunneyworth was hired as coach and an outrage started over the fact he doesn’t speak French people began to predict that Gauthier would be fired at the end of this season. This firing became more obvious as the Habs season fell apart. Currently they are in last place in the East Conference. Today his firing was announced.
There is nobody ready to take over as interim GM right now. It isn’t clear that Montreal has anyone in mind as their new GM except that he must be French speaking. They are not concerned with finding the best possible GM candidate in the world. They are limiting themselves only to candidates who speak French. That is a mistake in and of itself. The best possible candidate is not who they are interested in.
Gauthier has been the Montreal GM for over two years and he has not had success with the team. Many of the problems were put into place before he was hired in Bob Gainey’s regime. Gauthier did nothing to solve these problems.
I am surprised that he was fired before the end of the season with no GM in mind. Montreal will likely go through their remaining five games with no GM. They will hire a French speaking new GM early into the off-season. Whether or not it is an improvement depends on who is hired. The problem is the Habs are not interested in hiring the best possible GM as they have limited themselves to people who speak French.
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