In the end , there are more negatives about Pierre Gauthier’s reign as Canadiens general manager than positives.   But I don’t think many accused him of being a bad judge of hockey talent (Although the acquisition of Tomas Kaberle might raise red flags).

Apparently the Chicago Blackhawks agree.   They’ve signed him to a contract as team director of player personnel.  Basically, he replaces the man who replaced him as Canadiens G.M.

Gauthier, who was fired by the Canadiens on March 29th was subsequently replaced by former Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin.

Gauthier replaces Norm Maciver as director of player personnel for the Hawks. MacIver was promoted to assistant GM to Stan Bowman when Bergevin left for Montreal.

The Habs were mired in 15th place in the East at the time of Gauthier’s firing with a record of 29-34-14 and wound up dead last in the conference with a 31-35-16 mark.

Gauthier, who was named Montreal’s GM in February 2010 and, partly because of his obsession with corporate secrecy,  was heavily criticized and eventually let go in March.

The 59-year-old Gauthier has been attending the Hawks’ prospect camp in Chicago this week and watched from the stands while seated next to Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville as players went through drills Tuesday.

Gauthier’s previous resume includes stints as general manager with the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators.