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Blackhawks name Gauthier director of player personnel

Jul 10, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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Pierre Gauthier has landed on his feet in Chicago.

Less than four months after being fired as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Gauthier has joined the Blackhawks as the director of player personnel.

In an amusing twist, Chicago found itself with an opening in the front office after assistant general manager Marc Bergevin left the club to become the new GM of the Habs. The director of player personnel role needed to be filled job after Norm Maciver was promoted to assistant general manager earlier this summer.

Gauthier had a tumultuous 2011-12 season in Montreal. Most notably, in December, he fired head coach Jacques Martin and replaced him with unilingual Randy Cunneyworth, a move that rankled the team’s French-speaking fans.

Gauthier also faced criticism for acquiring defenseman Tomas Kaberle from Carolina for Jaroslav Spacek and shipping Michael Cammalleri to Calgary for Rene Bourque.

Say what you will about his work in Montreal, but you can’t question his experience. Gauthier has been GM of three NHL teams — Ottawa, Anaheim and Montreal.

He’s also made some impressive late-round draft picks, including Sami Salo at No. 239 in 1996 and PA Parenteau at No. 264 in 2001.

  1. habsman - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Good luck with that Chicago.

  2. mathieug79 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    I want to point out something about making “some impressive late-round picks” is not the GM’s decision, its the Scouts that makes these decisions, even though the GM gets the credit for it, or get the blame for busts. I think this is a no-brainer for the Hawks, experience is hard to find!

  3. pone27 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Habs needed to blame someone. The fans are never happy. Gautier hires a bilingual coach, hes still in Montreal.

  4. warpstonebc - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    As a Canucks fan, I welcome them hiring Gauthier in the hopes they will make player moves like the Habs did. 😀

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      I wish I could simultaneously thumb that up and down.

  5. comeonnowguys - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Oh. Crap.

    Does this mean a Luongo trade is going to happen?

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