One more reason to fire Pierre Gauthier

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I know, I know, we hardly need more reasons to give Pierre ‘Major Major’ Gauthier the heave-ho. Your Montreal Canadiens sit comfortably in last place in the East Friday, with 62 points, three points behind the lowly New York Islanders (who also have a game in hand). Imagine that! The Habs in last place in the conference, 27th in the 30-team league, on March 9. This ain’t October.

This after the epic battle for 27th place last night in Edmonton, a game the Hab-nots were supposed to lose in order to gain ground in their quest to nab a better draft pick.  They won, 5-3, with Max ‘Take That Chara” Pacioretty scoring two goals, to reach the 30-goal mark. (That’s right, the team can’t even lose when they’re supposed to!)

So yes the extraordinary #fail that is the Habs 2011-2012 season is reason enough to fire Gauthier and his associate (eds. note: Boss?) , Bob ‘What About Bob’ Gainey.

But there’s more. Check out this article from the Los Angeles Times in April 2002. The piece by Diane Pucin  has been flying around social-media circles for a few days now – I got my copy from pal Sidhartha Banerjee. The headline is ‘We Hardly Got to Know Gauthier’ and it was penned shortly after he was fired as president and general manager of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

So much of what she’s written could be applied to today’s Gauthier. In fact, just substitute ‘Canadiens’ for ‘Mighty Ducks’ and you’d swear you were reading a piece in today’s papers.

She starts by noting that he has no profile in the community. “He was anonymous”. Check.

“He tended to make statements that weren’t true, in the sense that soon after he’d said something wouldn’t happen, it happened.” Check again.

Remember the firm of G&G saying size didn’t matter, that it was all about talent, when they picked up the Smurfs, Scott ‘Big Bucks Equals Loopy Grin’ Gomez, Michael ‘See Ya Later’ Cammalleri, and Brian ‘Big Heart’ Gionta. Then the Ghost trades Cammie to Calgary for Rene Bourque and says we need to get bigger up-front. (Don’t get me started on fact Bourque is nearly as invisible as the Ghost himself.)

Gauthier also just said the team can easily turn things around and rapidly get back to its former winning ways. That is not true. So why’d he say it? To try to keep his job.

She also writes that Gauthier’s plan “resulted in the Ducks finishing 25 points out of the playoffs this season, a finish billed as a success by management because it was an improvement over last season.” Check again!

The Habs will finish way, way out of the playoffs and it wouldn’t surprise me if Gauthier talks about the great effort the team made. He was talking just last week about how Les Boys were playing with pride, which led many of us to wonder exactly which hockey team he’s been watching. These guys have no pride. In case you haven’t noticed, they’ve given up. Too harsh? They’re 3-7 in their last ten games when they’re meant to be in the thick of a desperate run for the playoffs.

My deep-rooted dislike of the Gainey/Gauthier regime started that year – maybe six years ago – when the Habs missed the playoffs by a game and Bob ‘Elvis Has Not Left the Building’ Gainey talked in his season-ending press conference about how we should all be proud of how hard the team battled to try to make 8th place.

I’ll never forget the day I heard Sonali Karnick reporting that on Daybreak. I just lost it on air, jumping in to say no Habs GM should ever be even remotely satisfied with 8th place, never mind not making the playoffs. That was my epiphany – when I realized the Habs had become all about the quest for mediocrity.

Well the one thing this article underlines is that Gauthier is at the very least consistent.

And so am I.

Fire Gauthier.


  1. Rick Keene says:

    I agree with all your assessments except when it comes to Gainey . All the players and Carbonneau screwed up and did not play like they should have. Gomez’ was Gainey’s only screw -up , the rest is Gauthier !
    Rick Keene

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