We should know more after the Montreal Canadiens' 4pm et news conference, but the immediate question everyone is asking and wondering about is, why now?
Why, in the final week before the Olympic break and the NHL trade freeze of 3pm et Friday did Bob Gainey choose to step down as general manager?
Many will say he was pushed but there's no evidence I've seen to suggest that and, in fact, I do not believe that to be the case at all.
The most credible theory, and it's only that, based on conversations with those close to the Canadiens and Gainey, is that it really boils down to Gainey simply losing his appetite for the job and believing that he was likely not to return as GM after this season anyway.
And, rather than stay on for the balance of the season and perhaps make some significant moves prior to the trade deadline that his successor would have to live with, Gainey simply decided the right time for him to leave was now.
By all accounts, Pierre Gauthier is the interim GM and it will be up to him and the Canadiens now to decide how active to be, or not, at the deadline.
Stayed tuned for more details as they become available.