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Montreal re-signs Timmins, hires Audette and Mowers

Aug 17, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

Donald Audette

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin continued to shape his front office on Friday, extending the contract of Trevor Timmins as director of amateur scouting and hiring ex-Hab Donald Audette and former NHLer Mark Mowers as amateur scouts.

“The Montreal Canadiens organization is very proud of the work that Trevor Timmins has done in terms of player scouting and development over his time with the team and we are very happy to count on his services for years to come,” Bergevin told the team website.

“We agree with Trevor and his group on the necessity of adding an amateur scout in Quebec, and we are pleased to welcome Donald Audette, who will now occupy this position for the team.”

Prior to joining the Canadiens, Timmis was a longtime employee of the Ottawa Senators, once serving as their director of player personnel.

Audette spent 15 seasons in the NHL — three with Montreal — playing in 735 career games and notching 509 points.

Mowers was a career journeyman that played 278 games for Nashville, Detroit, Boston and Anaheim. He’s only recently removed from his playing days, however, having spent the 2010-11 season with Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League.

So, here’s a rundown of all the guys Bergevin has hired/extended this summer in either a coaching, scouting, front office or player personnel role:

Michel Therrien, Gerard Gallant, Clement Jodoin, Martin Lapointe, Patrice Brisebois, Sylvain Lefevbre, J.J. Daineault, Trevor Timmins, Donald Audette, Mark Mowers, Scott Mellanby and Rick Dudley.

Hey, at least he’s keeping the HR department busy.

  1. superross - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Man I can’t believe they cut his arm of in the picture! lol

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  3. Bobcat IRL - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    What I get from that list is that PG and BG were trying to run this team all by themselves. MB can now focus on his main duties and trust that he’s made good hires to oversee important, but not critical to his post, roles. Habs have a lot to look forward to with their young talent. Hope this management team is capable of building on it.

  4. tonys4 - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    really Timmins? i don’t know not sold on that guy at all. Can’t say habs stock piled prospects since he’s there. just for selecting a.kostitsyn b4 the likes of getzlaf, carter, richards, parise, perry, seabrook, kesler, the list goes on, i mean common, how he got a mulligan for that is unbelievable. Anyway still looks like MB is surrounding himself with good people though. they got 3 years to make it happen.

    • Bobcat IRL - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      When AK was selected it was Bob Gainey making the picks. Montreal picked 10th and they took AK over a host of talent, sure. But look at the top 9:

      1 Pittsburgh: MA Fleury
      2 Carolina: Eric Staal
      3 Florida: Nathan Horton
      4 Columbus: Nikolai Zherdev
      5 Buffalo: Thomas Vanek
      6 San Jose: Milan Michalek
      7 Nashville: Ryan Suter
      8 Atlanta: Braydon Coburn
      9 Calgary:Dion Phaneuf

      While most of those were good picks, some of the good ones would still have done better to pick the guys you listed.

      Scouting and drafting should not be assessed on any single pick or year but over the course of a period of time where the entire body of selections can be assessed. Montreal has consistently picked solid NHLers with their drafts in the last five years with Timmins playing an important role in those decisions.

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