There is a perception that Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier has accomplished little this summer. After all, there will only be only three obvious changes on the team’s NHL roster when the Canadiens open the season next year, centres Lars Eller and Dustin Boyd plus backup goaltender Alex Auld.
But hold it a second.
As an administrator, it would hard to imagine any NHL general manager having a busier summer.
Since the Canadiens were eliminated by Philadelphia in game five of the Eastern Conference semi-final, Gauthier has made twenty-two separate moves, including revamping his scouting department, hiring an assistant general manager, replacing the coaching staff in Hamilton, engineering two trades and signing nineteen players including Tomas Plekanec, Maxim Lapierre, Mathieu Darche and free-agent backup goaltender Alex Auld on the Habs roster.
Here is Gauthier’s summer, and, lest we forget, there is still the signing of Carey Price ahead.
May 27th – D Kyle Klubertanz signed as a free agent out of Swedish Elite League (1 year @550 K)
May 31st – Contracts not renewed for forty percent of Canadiens Scouting Department.
June 15 – RW George Laraque‘s contract bought out over two years at 500K per season.
June 17 – G Jaroslav Halak traded to St. Louis for C Lars Eller and LW Ian Schultz.
June 22nd – C Tomas Plekanec signs six-year contract at 5-million per season.
June 22nd – RW Mathieu Darche signs one-year contract @ 500K.
June 26th – Canadiens trade up in order to draft defenseman Jarred Tinordi.
June 28th – LW Benoit Pouliot signs one-year 1.35 million dollar contract.
June 29th – LW Tom Pyatt signs one-year 500K contract.
June 29 – C-Dustin Boyd acquired in trade (along with UFA G Dan Ellis) in trade with Hartford for RW Sergei Kostitsyn.
July 1st – C Dustin Boyd signs one-year contract at 650K.
July 1st – G Alex Auld signs a one year UFA contract at 1 million dollars.
July 1st – G Curtis Sanford signs one year UFA contract at 550K.
July 1st – D Frederic St. Denis signs one year contract.
July 13th – D Mathieu Carle signs 1 year contract at 660K.
July 13th – C Maxim Lapierre signs 1year contract at 900K.
July 13th – RW J.T. Wyman signs 1 year contract at 550K.
July 15th – C David Desharnais signs one year contract at 550K.
July 15th – RW Alexander Avtsin signs 3-year contract at 606K per year.
July 17th – Larry Carriere named assistant general manager of Canadiens.
July 20th – G Cedrick Desjardins signs 1 year contract at 550K
July 20th – FWD Ryan Russell signs 1 year contract at 550K.
July 21st – Randy Cunneyworth named head coach of Hamilton Bulldogs.
July 21st – Randy Ladouceur named assistant coach of Hamilton Bulldogs.
July 27th – Canadiens announce six new hirings in hockey department.
July 30th – LW Louis Leblanc signs three year contract at 1.2 million per year plus bonuses.
July 30th – D Alex Henry signs two-year contract at 500K per season.
July 31st – D Alexandre Picard signs 1 year free agent contract at 600K.