The ownership of the Montreal Canadiens didn't need to see any more. Sitting dead last in the Eastern Conference, they made the decision today to fire Pierre Gauthier.
The move comes a little over 2 years after Gauthier was hired to replace Bob Gainey.
Gauthier's Habs sit 15 points ahead of the Jackets in the standing and one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers for 29th in the league. But in a city like Montreal where incompetence is not tolerated, it was clear that Gauthier was a dead man walking, particularly after hiring an Anglophone coach to the consternation of his fanbase.
As Jackets fans, we have to ask how soon will our team's owners realize that after 5 years of incompetence, Howson should join Gauthier in the ranks of the former NHL GMs?