Molson: GM Gauthier remains in charge with Canadiens Staff

2/25/2012 9:48:19 PM

If the Montreal Canadiens pull the trigger on a deadline day trade, general manager Pierre Gauthier will be the one doing it.

Despite reports to the contrary, team owner and president Geoff Molson has not assumed the role of general manager and will not be making player moves.

"Rumours of Pierre Gauthier's firing are false," Molson posted on his verified twitter account Saturday night.

Reports surfaced in local media outlets and Twitter on Saturday that Gauthier - who took over the GM post from Bob Gainey two years ago - was no longer general manager and Molson was calling the shots as de facto GM.

"Not true," said Molson when contacted by TSN on Saturday night.

Molson reiterated the fact that no changes have been made in the Canadiens' power structure. "No," Molson replied flatly when asked if the hockey decision making process and protocol with Montreal was any different now than at the beginning of the season.

Responding to the follow-up question confirming that there has been no change in power structure, Molson answered in the same manner.

"None," he told TSN.