HOCKEY — 29 March 2012

Following one of their worst seasons in recent years, the Montreal Canadiens have fired their general manager Pierre Gauthier.

The Montreal Canadiens are currently last place in the Eastern Conference with a 29-34-14 record.

Geoff Molson, the owner of the team, is expected to hold a news conference on Thursday to discuss the decision. The club has already stated that the search for a new general manager “is underway.”

Gauthier has been the GM and executive vice president since February 2010 when he took over for Bob Gainey. He had been with the club since July of 2003 when he was appointed director of professional scouting.

There were a string of moves made this season that did not help to revive the struggling Canadiens. First, Gauthier fired assistant coach Perry Pearn, then he fired head coach Jacques Martin in mid-December The latter move resulted in him beingin hot water with fans due to appointing unilingual, English speaking interim coach Randy Cunneyworth.

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