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06-11-2011, 11:29 AM
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Pierre Gauthier: A busy off-season

Pierre Gauthier: A busy off-season

The General Manager’s position is restless. At this time of the season, when the team is not in the playoffs, players’ evaluations are done and GMs know who they want to keep and who they will let go.

Two years ago, we saw Bob Gainey complete a major clean-up and bring some much needed new blood in the dressing room in desperate need of change after the disastrous centennial season.

Pierre Gauthier has started his shopping by finally signing Alexei Yemelin and agreeing to terms on a contract with Swiss UFA Raphael Diaz, two defensemen. Gauthier, who only had two defensemen under contract for next year in Spacek and Subban, was not done when he signed veteran Hal Gill to another one year deal. Gill had a great influence on young stars PK Subban and Carey Price amongst others and he will continue in that role. Some say that Gauthier is negotiating with Andrei Markov, a delicate negotiation if we consider his recent serious injuries. There is also RFA Josh Gorges who is due for a substantial raise this summer, as well as fellow RFAs Yannick Weber and Alexandre Picard. Roman Hamrlik, James Wisniewski, Brent Sopel and Paul Mara, who have all helped at the blue line last year, are all UFA this summer.

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