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Gauthier kept Gill in the dark for 45 minutes

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08:24 AM ET 02.21 | Hal Gill, traded by Montreal to Nashville, jokingly admits he should have packed an extra suit, but learning about his trade could have been made easier. Gill had taken part in the Canadiens' Friday morning skate in Buffalo then shared a meal with teammates back at their hotel. It was around 1 p.m. that his phone rang, GM Pierre Gauthier telling him that he'd been traded to a team Gauthier wouldn't yet divulge, presumably awaiting NHL approval of it. "Pierre told me to be ready for it, and it wasn't for 45 minutes or so that I knew it was Nashville," Gill said. "I said: 'Why don't you just wait and tell me all at once instead of keeping me on pins and needles?'" ... Gill finally heard Nashville at nearly 2 p.m.

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February 21, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Gauthier kept Gill in the dark for 45 minutes


The Habs practise sensory depravation? No wonder they aren't doing well. I guess gauthier figures HE'S in the dark most times, he may as well share the wealth?

February 21, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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More proof Gautier is the dickiest GM in the league.

He definitely in the top five but as for Number One....well no.

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February 21, 2012  10:11 AM ET

tiny bit by tiny bit the Goat is taking down what was a deservedly proud franchise-get him out of there PLEASE

February 21, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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He definitely in the top five but as for Number One....well no.

I'm afraid to ask but, what the hell! Who might that #1 honor belong to?

February 21, 2012  11:56 AM ET

Sorry but 45 minutes isn't a lifetime. how would he have felt if they told him and the deal fell through? Wanted?

February 21, 2012  12:14 PM ET

whatever, this is less than a non-story. It was a good deal for the Habs and it was a good deal for Gill. Other than Stranger (where the hell did he go?) I'm easily the biggest Goats hater here, but c'mon, probably he figured that it was going to get out or something like that, so he figured that he would let Gill know first. As much as I really like Gill as a person, I htink its stupid of him to have put this out to the media, when it seems quite obvious to me that Gauthier was trying to be decent about it.

Either way, like I said, good move for Habs, good move for Gill. Gill's going to look really good in Nashville's system & it'll probably help him cash in come free agency. Meanwhile the Habs got a second rounder & a bit of window dressing.

February 21, 2012  12:15 PM ET
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tiny bit by tiny bit the Goat is taking down what was a deservedly proud franchise-get him out of there PLEASE

this I agree with.

February 21, 2012  12:30 PM ET

If y'all want d*i*c*k*-ish moves, how about firing your head coach, then naming your assistant as interim for the remaining half of the season, and then refusing to endorse him when the media jump on the club's back for naming a unilingual english coach. How about having been stupid enough to not realize that it would be an issue?

To me THAT is a **** move...he forced Cunneyworth into being a lame-duck coach for half a season, and its not as if either of them has any shot at being around next season (I hope).

February 21, 2012  03:21 PM ET

"Gauthier kept Gill in the dark for 45 minutes"

45 minutes? Pfff! That's nothing! Pierre Gauthier's kept himself in the dark since Feb. 8, 2010!

February 21, 2012  03:25 PM ET
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Gauthier kept Gill in the dark for 45 minutes. The Habs practise sensory depravation? No wonder they aren't doing well.

It hasn't worked very well on Scott Gomez either. They should try a little waterboarding on him. See if that helps.

February 21, 2012  03:42 PM ET
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this I agree with.

Stranger was very ticked at the content of a past Tim Thomas thread i believe. Here is hoping once he cools off he returns to the fray.

February 21, 2012  04:20 PM ET

did we really need another story about how much of a dick-in-hand-amateur-in-over-his-head Gauthier is?!? This guy is a CLOWN!

February 21, 2012  04:21 PM ET
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Stranger was very ticked at the content of a past Tim Thomas thread i believe. Here is hoping once he cools off he returns to the fray.

really? Ran off because of a pissing contest on a TT goes to Washington board? Sad, thats the reason I make a real effort to stay away from stupid boards like that.

February 21, 2012  04:23 PM ET
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did we really need another story about how much of a dick-in-hand-amateur-in-over-his-head Gauthier is?!? This guy is a CLOWN!

would you prefer another Crosby thread? How about another Nash thread? Maybe we can throw them in together, then round up a few others and have a Crosby Stills Nash & Young thread?

February 21, 2012  06:03 PM ET

At least he wasn't traded on an empty stomach.

February 21, 2012  11:44 PM ET
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More proof Gautier is the dickiest GM in the league.

How the mighty have fallen! The Habs need to Rehab!

 
February 22, 2012  09:40 AM ET

I assume Ted Nolan speaks french, why wasn't he considered as a coach for the Habs. BTW I have no opinion on the habs, but after dismissing Guy and messing this up this bad. I just wonder what is going on here

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