The polite word is “restructuring”. 

Pierre Gauthier, in the first major move of  his tenure as General Manager,  brought the hammer down on forty percent of his scouting staff.   

RDS reported today that Gauthier has not renewed the contracts of six of the team’s fifteen scouts including, from the amateur department,  Dave Mayville, Denis Morel (Quebec), Pelle Eklund (Sweden),  Antonin Routa (Europe) and Nikolai Vakourov (Russia), plus pro scout Gordie Roberts.

 The firings come only three weeks before the NHL’s entry draft.    Replacements, if any, have not been named.

Trevor Timmins remains the head of the scouting department with the title of Director of Player Recruitment and Development.