Blackhawks To Name Pierre Gauthier Director of Player Personnel

Reports on Tuesday afternoon are that the Chicago Blackhawks may have (unofficially) made their first trade of the offseason. It appears Chicago has swapped their Assistant General Manager, Marc Bergevin, for the Montreal Canadiens’ former General Manager, Pierre Gauthier.

Bergevin was hired to replace Gauthier in Montreal earlier this summer; Gauthier will reportedly take over as the Director of Player Personnel for the Hawks.

From 1993-95, Gauthier served as the Assistant GM in Anaheim, and then received his first General Manager job from the Ottawa Senators in 1995. He signed a five-year deal with Ottawa, but left after the 1997-98 season citing personal reasons.

Most recently, Gauthier was the in Montreal from 2003 until he was relieved of his duties on March 29, 2012. He was named the Habs’ Director of Professional Scouting in 2003, and then promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2006. In Feb. 2010, he was named the Canadiens’ General Manager.

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18 Responses to Blackhawks To Name Pierre Gauthier Director of Player Personnel

  1. ozzzie19 says:

    Oh yay, the guy who traded for Kaberle, was AGM when the Habs traded for Gomez and opened the bank vault for Markov (note, Gauthier had to physically open it for Markov because Markov was on crutches).

  2. Dave says:

    And Ozzie? Hen also traded Camilleri (sp?) MID-GAME! and charged him for the jersey!

  3. Disappointed says:

    Yeah, we need anpother incompetent in the fron t office. OMG !!!

  4. Joe says:

    Living in Montreal as a Blackhawk fan all I can say is this move is nothing short of ridiculous. They are laughing at us Hawk fans over here…Gauthier is really disliked here. As others have already pointed out, this guy has a terrible track record having made numerous ridiculous transactions for the Habs. Moreover, Mr. Gauthier has a terrible reputation in terms of dealing with both the media and the players themselves. What on earth was Stan thinking!

  5. Tim M. says:

    And if this is the case, could the trade rumors going about regarding Patrick “KANER” Kane for Subban be close behind?

    Heard this rumor earlier today, and then saw this posting on the web, THEN saw where we might be getting Gauthier. Hawks have a history of dealing with old acquaintances (i.e. Tallon). Don’t know if this trade makes sense money wise, or limits abilities to get other guys when it is done (I’m not a cap-ologist). But, interesting to consider all the same. Any thoughts on this?

  6. Dr. Andreas Bichlbauer says:

    Dear god no. This can’t even be real. Either one. The trade or the hiring.

  7. Dr. Andreas Bichlbauer says:

    Is he paying US?

  8. Tab Bamford says:

    More times than not I try to find logic in what the Blackhawks do.

    I really cannot justify the Gauthier move… as hard as I might try to buy into him as a talent evaluator, this move does nothing for me. Not the “veteran free agent” the Hawks should have been calling this week imo

  9. an thony rizzi says:

    DON’T DO IT THIS GUY IS PROBLEMS AND DOESN’T UNDERSATND HOCKEY MADE BAD TRADES EVERY WHERE HE PAST.

  10. Dickie Dunn says:

    This from “the other blog”: (related – Canadiens…and I think hiring Gauthier makes no sense unless it’s a conditional part of another large deal) “…two sources yesterday on the Hawks’ trade talks with the Habs. Late last night I heard from a Chicago source that the teams are discussing C Tomas Plekanec in exchange for a package starting with Niklas Hjalmarsson. I also heard from two sources (last night and today) the teams are not discussing Patrick Kane. And from another source earlier yesterday evening that PK Subban will not be included in any deal.” — If Subban will not be included, if Kane is, than Carey Price better be. (Personally, I think it all smells like pure bullshit…stuff to fill blog.space.)

  11. Dickie Dunn says:

    Plakanec – I look at his numbers (- is there more here than meets they eye? I haven’t seen him play except Hawks-Montreal games), and if there is any truth to this *rumor*, how much more should be included in a package along with Hjalmarsson (especially with the premium currently placed on defensemen)? I’m glad they are not discussing Kane – I would hope it would have to be quite an offer to even begin any discussion.

    Did Chicago get anything for hiring Gauthier? (…a second round pick?)

  12. Morrison says:

    Operator? Operator? Ah! Bernard. Yeah. They close it.
    Yeah. Yeah, I want to echanger. Bernard, call Detroit, tell them bullshit.
    Yeah. Yeah, something. Wait. Ned, what’s echanger in English?
    Trade me right f–king now.
    Trade me right f–king now!
    Now hang up.

  13. ratboy36 says:

    If Hammer is dealt for Plekanec and they want more,give em Frolik and Olesz also.Start raising all these Rookie forwards.Were pretty stacked in the Wing Dept. Ecspecially if Doan signs.Heard Hawks have offered the highest contract so far.Let’s hope thats enough.Strike 4 would suck and Semin looks to be signing also.Not that I’d want him anyway.Gagner would of been better pick up.

  14. Borje Salming says:

    The Hawks have lost their assistant GM each of the last 2 offseasons. They want to make sure the 3rd time is not the charm. Nobody will be looking to hire Gauthier next offseason.

    My french is a little rusty but i believe Gauthier translates to “Millbury” in english.

  15. Dickie Dunn says:

    Borje – good points!!

  16. Hawksfan says:

    Quelqu’un doit tirer Stan Bowman.

  17. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    What an awful move. Without a doubt the Hawks have done a poor job replacing the level of talent in the organization since hositing the cup. This includes both on the ice and off it. Nice to know we are the laughing stock of the league on this move

  18. Tom Jaremka says:

    This move has the stink of the Bowman’s all over it. Here’s how it goes: Over the next two years, this team will not get far in the playoffs and someone will have to take the blame. The fall guy……..Gauthier!! John McDonough better be holding someone accountable for all this!!

    Gauthier has no business in an NHL organization other than being a stick boy. He can’t judge talent and he has set back every organization he has beed a part of.

    I’m not liking this move at all!!!!

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