I would assume there's a general plan when it comes to selling or buying. I don't think Gauthier would ask for permission to trade Gill and the approval of the pieces coming back. It's probably along the lines of:
"I think we should trade some of our veterans on the last year of their contracts."
But I would think Gauthier (and any GM for that matter) would need complete owner approval for the trading of a star like Cammalleri. That's an important investment.
to answer the dude who asked if gainey selected Gauthier:
from what i understand from an actual great source is that gainey backed julien (who left for a similar position..strange no?) - while boivin wanted gauthier. in the end boivin was canned - or left in 'grace' after backing peladeau bid instead of molson ... this is FACT
This organization needs a leader SOOO badly. No vision or direction, just improvisation.
Hes holding down the fort until he hires a new GM. IE no major moves other than selling ufas until a new guy is at the helm.
Its not like they are out there shopping Subban or Price. People are making this out to be something its not. This is a good move as PG's time is finally ticking down and hes not aloud to pull the trigger on a major move.