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Passing The Torch - Bob Gainey Steps Down
Keaner | February 9, 2010 at 03:20 amby
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Gainey was hired in 2003 becoming the 15th general manager in franchise history. The Canadiens made the playoffs in four of the five full seasons under Gainey. The club produced a 241-176-46-7 record and .569 winning percentage. Some of Gainey's highlights as GM are the acquisition of Alexei Kovalev from the Rangers for Josef Balej and a second-round pick, the drafting of Carey Price 5th overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and the free agent signing this summer of Michael Cammalleri.
"I'm leaving the team I love the most in the hands of the man I trust the most," said Gainey. "I look forward to assisting Pierre and the team in our pursuit of our 25th Stanley Cup." This is not the first time Gauthier will be taking over for Gainey mid-season. On December 8, 2006, Gainey's 25 year-old daughter Laura Gainey was swept overboard while sailing in the North Atlantic. Gainey temporarily passed his GM duties on to assistant manager Pierre Gauthier while awaiting word on efforts to find his daughter.
"It's a great honor to be named general manager of the Montreal Canadiens," Gauthier said. "I've always thought that working in the National Hockey League is an honor. Working as a general manager is also a great honor. But working for the Montreal Canadiens as a general manager is the greatest honor." Gauthier was immediately bared with questions of the futures of Tomas Plekanec and the goaltending situation between Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak. When questioned about moving one of the goalies, "We'll never say never, but we have two very good goalies,” said Gauthier. Both goaltenders can become restricted free agents on July 1st. "We have two very strong, young goaltenders and they've been a very big part of our team this year." "They give us a chance to win every night. We believe that we can go forward with these two men," Gauthier said. Although speculation is Gauthier will wait until the summer to move one of this goalies, the surprises may only have begun in Montreal.
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