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Hired on February 8th, 2010, Canadiens General Manager and Vice President Pierre Gauthier has made a few key mistakes that has lead Montreal to a season of disappointment.
Many fans believe that Gauthier should be fired as soon as possible, which would be the organization's best option due to being the No. 1 reason for their woes this season.
All-Star Russian defenseman Andrei Markov only played seven games last season due to a knee injury suffered on November 13th, 2010. Markov missed the remainder of the season and was expected to be healthy for the start of the 2011-12 NHL season.
On June 23rd, 2011, Gauthier signed the injury-plagued defenseman to a three-year deal worth $17.25 million with an annual cap hit of an average of $5.75 per season. Expecting that Markov would be ready for the season, the defenseman has remained out of the line-up due to his injury, not playing one game yet this season.
Due to a slumping start to the season, Pierre Gauthier decided to relieve head coach Jacques Martin of his duties on December 17th, 2011. The team's record at this point was 13-12-7. Martin's replacement on an interim basis would be English speaking assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth.
This move did not go well with the French media and Habs fans as they felt it was important to have a French-speaking coach in the organization.
Since Cunneyworth has taken over the reins of head coach, the Montreal Canadiens have posted a record of 4-9-2—not exactly what General Manager Pierre Gauthier was looking for.
"We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it's no wonder why we lose." This quote was stated by ex-hab Mike Cammalleri on January 12th, 2011, and it is one that is well known in the Habs' dressing room as of late.
Cammalleri was only stating the truth in his interview with NHL.com and La Presse, but his words caused a massive stir in the media and also within the Canadiens' organization.
Pierre Gauthier was clearly distressed by the remarks, trading Cammalleri mid-game to the Calgary Flames. The trade would involved the Flames acquiring Cammalleri, the rights to goaltender Karri Ramo and a 2012 fifth round pick for gritty forward Rene Bourque, prospect Patrick Holland and a 2013 second round pick.
Since trading Cammalleri, he has put up a goal in three games with the Flames.