While many Canadiens fans are familiar with new GM Pierre Gauthier, few may be up to speed on his career path leading him to his new role. Back on February 8, when Gauthier assumed the torch from Bob Gainey's failing hand, part of the Canadiens official site's bio and promo on Gauthier read like this:
"With over 30 years of experience under his belt, Gauthier has drafted, signed and developed some of the best players in recent memory. He got his feet wet in the NHL as the head of pro scouting with the Quebec Nordiques in 1981. During his 12 years with the franchise, Gauthier drafted the likes of Joe Sakic, Eric Lindros and Mats Sundin."
RL Note: Since the appearance of this article, the Canadiens official site has contacted Pierre Gauthier to verify that he in fact was not the Nordiques head of pro scouting, but in fact its director of amateur scouting. The article has been corrected.
The fact of the matter is, Gauther was never the Nordiques' head scout, per se. Martin Madden, who later worked for the Canadiens in the Rejean Houle era, headed the Nordiques scouting department at that time. Other scouts who worked for the Nordiques during those years included names such as Bob Mancini, Bill Underwood, Orval Tessier, Simon Nolet, Frank Jay, Don Paarup, Sheldon Ferguson, Guy Lafrance, Don Boyd, Yvon Gendron and owner and GM Maurice Filion himself. Gauthier, a highly respected scout even then, was but one of many working in the Nordiques scouting department at the time. In looking back, nowhere have I seen "head scout" or "director of pro scouting" attached to his Nordiques resume.
Difficult not to imagine somewhat, Gauthier not wanting to be tarnished by the Nordiques' stains of that era. It's hard to forget the Nordiques of that time blatantly tanking to get three successive number one picks. Aside from that, the Nords weren't all that astute, selecting first round duds as Wade Belak, Jeff Kealty, Todd Warriner, Daniel Dore, Curtis Leschyshyn, Ken McRae, David Latta, Trevor Steinberg, and Bryan Fogarty. In fact, in the 1987 draft in which Fogarty was chosen 9th overall, the Nords then set their hopes on Stephane Quintal, who went 14th to Boston. Filion then expressed disappointment at not grabbing the Quebec league blueliner, saying in passing that they would in turn settle for Sakic.
In sum, a director of amateur scouting as Gauthier was in his final tenure in Quebec, is responsible for the work of his bird dogs. He would of course had put in the miles himself, seeing many of the top picks in person, and permorming much of the homework in their regard himself. Drafting will always be what it is, an inexact science.
Nonetheless, what Gauthier did, he apparently did well, but let's not so easily credit him alone with the brilliance of drafting Sakic, Lindros, Sundin and Owen Nolan. He was hired away from the Nordiques by Anaheim, cementing his reputation there before moving onto Ottawa and back to Anaheim again. He is often pointed to for the Senators turnaround, but it is conviently forgotten that Ottawa bagged five top 5 picks before Gauthier came on board. His work with Anaheim, although he was fired one year before the team surprisingly reached the Stanley Cup final in 2003, might be the most impressive thing on his resume.
An expansion club, the Mighty Ducks had five top ten picks by Gauthier's arrival, but only Paul Kariya truly packed a punch. In three short years, Gauthier picked the club to pieces, discarting spare parts at a fanatical pace, often turning them over for better players. He did have a few glaring misteps, but hindsight shows that he often knew the players he was acquiring better than the GM's who were trading them.
Needless to say, Gauthier's hockey acumen and bird dog reputation will be put to the test in Montreal, as the team has no such stockpile of past draft picks to build upon or barter with. This will mark the first time that Gauthier assumes the reigns of a club already in playoff standing. To his credit, Gauthier's stamp is already well imprinted on the Canadiens from having been at Gainey's side for six seasons. Much has been made of the Habs hiring a francophone manager rather than the best one of for the job. This time, it is the english factions getting their shorts in a needless knot. It's doubtful there was a candidate available that knows the inner details of the Canadiens system of players better than Gauthier. Fans often preach of transition through the timely passing of players; this is the managerial version.
What follows is a disecting of Pierre Gauthier's era's as GM in Ottawa and Anaheim. As a warning, there are few grand and bold strokes at work, so what you will be paying attention to is the subtle. Gauthier is known in the trade as a micro-manager, with detail being one of his obsessives. Heck, in Ottawa, there is even the tale of his cookie counting at media briefs!
Gauthier's good moves are in bold, his bumbles in italics. The remainder are not to be considered insignificant, but merely lesser deals. Free agent losses not inclusive in the final tally of good versus bad moves.
Here is a rundown of the Gauthier regime in Ottawa from December 11, 1995 to August 6, 1998, followed by his work with Anaheim from August 6, 1998 to April 20, 2002.
1995-96 Gauthier Season 1 Ottawa
Pierre Gauthier was hired as GM of Ottawa on December 11, 1995, 27 games into the team's season. The Senators had been spinning their wheels as badly as they had been during the first three seasons of their existence, and at the time owned a 7-19-1 record. Rick Bowness had started the season as coach, and was fired by then GM Randy Sexton after Game 19 with a record of 6 wins and 13 losses. His replacement, Dave Allison, would go winless in six before guide the club to a win on December 7. Four days later, Gauthier would take over as manager of the team.
Allison's teams would endure an eight game losing streak before winning another on December 27 in Buffalo. From there, another nine game skid would ensue, at which time Gauthier replaced Allison with Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Jacques Martin (January 24, 1996), who would steer the Senators to a 10-24-4 record in the final 38 games. Despite the woeful record, the 41 points (18-59-5) was a four year franchise high, yet the club still had the first pick overall in the June Entry Draft, and chose defenseman Chris Philipps, the team's third number one overall choice in four seasons.
Rick Bowness (6-13-0)
Dave Allison (2-22-1)
Jacques Martin (10-24-4)
41 points (18-59-5)
Standing: 6th in Northeast Division
Hired Jacques Martin on January 24, 1996.
From December 11th and on, when Gauthier took over, these were the players who dressed for the Senators that first season.
1995-96 Roster: (36) Daniel Alfredsson, Alexei Yashin, Randy Cunneyworth, Steve Duchesne, Radek Bonk, Tom Chorske, Martin Straka, Dan Quinn, Sean Hill, Jaroslav Modry, Pavol Demitra, Alexandre Daigle, Ted Drury, Anti Tormanen, Kerry Huffman, Trent McCleary, Rob Gaudreau, Stanislav Neckar, Dave Archibald, Michel Picard, Lance Pitlick, Troy Malette, Dennis Vial, Frantisek Musil, Pat Elynuik, Jean-Yves Roy, Phil Bourque, Chris Dahlquist, Janne Laukkanen, Scott Levins, Dave McLlwain, Patrick Traverse, Dan Laperriere, Damian Rhodes, Don Beaupre and Mike Bales.
1996 January 23 - Dan Quinn traded to Philadelphia by Ottawa for cash
1996 January 26 - Janne Laukkanen traded to Ottawa by Colorado for the rights to Brad Larson
1996 March 1 - Dave McLlwain traded to Pittsburgh by Ottawa for Pittsburgh's 8th rd choice (Erich Goldmann) in 1996 draft
1996 March 19 - Kerry Huffman traded to Philadelphia by Ottawa for future considerations
1996 March 20 - Jaroslav Modry traded to Los Angeles by Ottawa with Ottawa's 8th rd choice (Stephen Valiquette) in 1996 draft for Kevin Brown
1996 May 21 - Michel Picard traded to Washington by Ottawa for cash
New faces brought in by Gauthier: (2) Damian Rhodes, Janne Laukkanen.
Free agents signed and lost: None acquired by Gauthier during the 1995-96 campaign (December to May)
1996-97 Gauthier Season 2 Ottawa
Coach: Jacques Martin
77 points (31-36-15)
Standing: 3rd in Northeast Division
1996-97 Roster: (31) Alexei Yashin, Daniel Alfredsson, Alexandre Daigle, Steve Duchesne, Randy Cunneyworth, Andreas Dackell, Shaun McEachern, Wade Redden, Sergei Zholtok, Tom Chorske, Shaun Van Allen, Bruce Gardiner, Jason York, Janne Laukkanen, Denny Lambert, Radek Bonk, Lance Pitlick, Jason Zent, Christer Olsson, Denis Chasse, Frantisek Musil, Dave Hannan, Radim Bicanek, Phil Crowe, Phil Von Stefenelli, Dennis Vial, Sean Hill, Stanislav Neckar, Mike Bales, Damian Rhodes and Ron Tugnutt.
New faces: (17): Radek Bonk, Wade Redden, Shaun McEachern, Jason York, Shaun Van Allen, Christer Olsson, Andreas Dackell, Sergei Zholtok, Bruce Gardiner, Denny Lambert, Jason Zent, Denis Chasse, Dave Hannan, Radim Bicanek, Phil Crowe, Ron Tugnutt and Phil Von Stefenelli.
Not returning from 1995-96: (13) Joe Cirella (released by Sexton), Anti Tormanen, Rob Gaudreau, Dennis Vial, Phil Bourque, Martin Straka, Dan Quinn, Dave McLlwain, Kerry Huffman, Don Beaupre, Jaroslav Modry, Michel Picard and Chris Dahlquist.
1996 June 22 - Trent McCleary traded to Boston by Ottawa with Ottawa's 3rd round choice (Eric Naud) in 1996 Entry Draft for Shaun McEachern
1996 October 1 - Ted Drury traded to Anaheim by Ottawa with the rights to Marc Moro for Jason York and Shaun Van Allen
1996 November 27 - Pavol Demitra traded to St. Louis by Ottawa for Christer Olsson
1997 March 18 - Denis Chasse traded to Chicago by Ottawa with the rights to Kevin Bolibruck and Ottawa's 6th round choice (later traded back to Ottawa - Ottawa selected Chris Neil) in 1998 Entry Draft for Mike Prokopec)
Free agents signed: (7)
1996 July 10 - Ottawa signs Sergei Zholtok as a free agent
1996 July 17 - Ottawa signs Phil Von Stefenelli as a free agent
1996 July 29 - Ottawa signs Phil Crowe as a free agent
1996 July 29 - Ottawa signs Denny Lambert as a free agent
1996 August 14 - Ottawa signs Ron Tugnutt as a free agent
1996 September 5 - Ottawa signs Denis Chasse as a free agent
1996 September 13 - Ottawa signs Dave Hannan as a free agent
Free agents lost: (6):
1996 July 12 - Dan Laperriere signed as a free agent by Washington
1996 July 15 - Jean-Yves Roy signed as a free agent by Boston
1996 July 24 - Troy Malette signed as a free agent by Boston
1996 September 6 - Pat Elynuik signed as a free agent by Dallas
1996 October 3 - Scott Levins signed as a free agent by Phoenix
1996 October 10 - Dave Archibald signed as a free agent by NY Islanders
1997-98 Gauthier Season 3 Ottawa
Coach: Jacques Martin
83 points (34-33-15)
Standing: 5th in Northeast Division
1997-98 Roster: (33) Alexei Yashin, Shawn McEachern, Daniel Alfredsson, Igor Kravchuk, Andreas Dackell, Magnus Arvedson, Sergei Zholtok, Wade Redden, Janne Laukkanen, Denny Lambert, Shaun Van Allen, Bruce Gardiner, Radek Bonk, Alexandre Daigle, Chris Phillips, Jason York, Randy Cunneyworth, Lance Pitlick, Chris Murray, Vaclav Prospal, Pat Falloon, Stanislav Neckar, Phil Crowe, Derek Armstrong, Sean Hill, Per Gustafsson, Marian Hossa, Ivan Ciernik, Damian Rhodes, Radim Bicanek, Ron Tugnutt, Dennis Vial and Jason Zent.
New faces: (10) Igor Kravchuk, Magnus Arvedson, Chris Phillips, Chris Murray, Vaclav Prospal, Pat Falloon, Derek Armstrong, Per Gustafsson, Marian Hossa and Ivan Ciernik.
Not returning from 1996-97: (8) Steve Duchesne, Tom Chorske, Christer Olsson, Denis Chasse, Frantisek Musil, Dave Hannan, Radim Bicanek and Mike Bales.
1997 August 25 - Steve Duchesne traded to St. Louis by Ottawa for Igor Kravchuk
1997 November 18 - Sean Hill traded to Carolina by Ottawa for Chris Murray
1998 January 17 - Alexandre Daigle Traded to Philadelphia by Ottawa for Vaclav Prospal, Pat Faloon and Dallas' 2nd rd choice (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Chris Bala) in 1998 draft
1998 March 9 - Frantisek Musil traded to Edmonton by Ottawa for Scott Ferguson
1998 March 17 - Per Gustafsson traded to Ottawa by Toronto for Ottawa's 8th rd choice (Dwight Wolfe) in 1998 draft
Free agents signed: (1)
1997 July 28 - Ottawa signs Derek Armstrong as a free agent
Free agents / players lost: (2):
1997 September 9 - Mike Bales signed as a free agent by Buffalo
1997 September 28 - Tom Chorske claimed by NY Islanders from Ottawa in Waiver Draft
1998-99 Season Gauthier Season 4 Ottawa
1998 June 26 - Denny Lambert claimed by Nashville from Ottawa in Expansion Draft
1998 August 6 - Pierre Gauthier resigns Ottawa managerial position to take post as team president (and later GM) with Anaheim.
While with Ottawa, Gauthier presided over three NHL Entry Drafts, with seventeen of twenty-four picks eventually reaching the NHL for at least one game.
1996 Ottawa: (6/7) Chris Phillips*, Antti-Jusi Niemi*, Andreas Dackell*, Francois Hardy, Erich Goldmann, Ivan Ciernik*, Sami Salo*.
1998 Ottawa: (6/9) Mathieu Chouinard*, Mike Fisher*, Chris Bala*, Julien Vauclair*, Petr Schastilvy*, Gavin McLeod, Chris Neil*, Michel Periard, Sergei Verenkin, Rastislav Pavlikovsky.
Beneficial transactions and signings: 8
Non-beneficial transactions and signings: 4
Total player transactions and signings: 23
On August 6, 1998, Gauthier shocked Ottawa fans when it was announced that he had accepted the position of president (and later GM) of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The team he would be taking the helm of had just finished sixth in the Pacific Division with a record of 26-43-13, good for 65 points under coach Pierre Page. One of the reasons for Anaheim's dip in play was attributed to the loss of star player Paul Kariya, who had missed 60 games suffering from the effects of a consussion.
Gauthier replaced Page with Craig Hartsburg and the Mighty Ducks improved by 18 points, finishing the next two season with 83 points. While the club made the post season in 1998-99, they would not qualify for the playoffs again under Gauthier's reign.
The team Gauthier inherited from Page had employed 42 players and 3 goaltenders during the 1997-98 season. It was a scenario he was familar with from his first season with Ottawa. During the course of the 1997-98 season, the Mighty Ducks had parted ways with the following 14 players:
Dmitri Mironov, Sean Pronger, Joe Sacco, J.J. Daigneault, Warren Rychel, Mark Janssens, Darren Van Impe, Shawn Antoski, Bobby Dollas, Mikhail, Shtalenkov and Tony Tuzzolino. Scott Young signed with St. Louis Blues as a free agent just prior to Gauthier taking over
Upon being named GM of the team on August 6, 1998, Gauthier's roster was as follows:
1997-98 Roster: (32) Teemu Selanne, Steve Rucchin, Paul Kariya, Matt Cullen, Tomas Sandstrom, Ted Drury, Travis Green, Ruslan Salei, Dave Karpa, Frank Banham, Josef Marha, Kevin Todd, Jeff Nielson, Jason Marshall, Jeremy Stevenson, Pavel Trnka, Drew Bannister, Mike Crowley, Jean-Francois Jomphe, Brent Severyn, Espen Knutsen, Doug Houda, Peter LeBoutillier, Richard Park, Jamie Pushor, Dan Trebil, Antti Alto, Mike Leclerc, Marc Moro, Barry Nieckar, Bob Wren, Guy Hebert, and Tom Askey.
1998-99 Gauthier Season 1 Anaheim
Coach: Craig Hartsburg
83 points (35-34-13)
Standing: 3rd in Pacific Division
1998-99 Roster: (27) Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin, Fredrik Olausson, Marty McInnis, Tomas Sandstrom, Travis Green, Matt Cullen, Ruslan Salei, Ted Drury, Jim McKenzie, Jeff Nielson, Antti Alto, Johan Davidsson, Jason Marshall, Kevin Haller, Pascal Trepanier, Mike Crowley, Pavel Trnka, Stu Grimson, Jamie Pushor, Scott Ferguson, Dan Trebil, Josef Marha, Mike Leclerc, Dominic Roussel
New faces: (10) Fredrik Olausson, Marty McInnis, Jim McKenzie, Johan Davidsson, Jason Marshall, Kevin Haller, Pascal Trepanier, Stu Grimson, Scott Ferguson and Dominic Roussel.
1998 August 11 - Dave Karpa traded to Carolina by Anaheim with Anaheim's 4th rd choice (later traded to Atlanta - Atlanta selected Blake Robson) in 2000 draft for Stu Grimson for Kevin Haller
1998 October 5 - Marc Moro traded to Nashville by Anaheim with Chris Mason for Dominic Roussell
1998 October 9 - Doug Houda traded to Detroit by Anaheim for future considerations
1998 October 27 - Marty McInnis traded to Anaheim by Chicago for Toronto's 4th rd choice (previously acquired, later traded to Washington - Washington selected Ryan Vanbuskirk) in 2000 draft
1998 December 10 - Drew Bannister traded to Tampa Bay by Anaheim for Tampa Bay's 5th rd choice (Peter Podhradsky) in 2000 draft
1999 January 28 - Josef Marha traded to Chicago by Anaheim for Chicago's 4th rd choice (Alexandr Chagodayev) in 1999 draft
Free agents signed: (1)
1998 August 28 - Fredrik Olausson signed as a free agent by Anaheim
Free agents / players lost: (3)
1998 August 24 - Richard Park signed as a free agent by Philadelphia
1998 August 26 - Brent Severyn signed as a free agent by Dallas
1998 August 27 - Barry Nieckar signed as a free agent by Phoenix
1998 October 5 - Pascal Trepanier claimed by Anaheim from Colorado in Waiver Draft
1999-2000 Gauthier Season 2 Anaheim
Coach: Craig Hartsburg
83 points (34-33-12-3)
Standing: 3rd in Pacific Division
1999-2000 Roster: Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin, Oleg Tverdovsky, Fredrik Olausson, Ted Donato, Marty McInnis, Kip Miller, Ladislav Kohn, Matt Cullen, Mike Leclerc, Jeff Nielson, Antti Alto, Pavel Trnka, Tony Hrkac, Ruslan Salei, Niclas Havelid, Kevin Haller, Ted Drury, Jim McKenzie, Pascal Trepanier, Stu Grimson, Jorgen Jonsson, Jason Marshall, Vitaly Vishnevski, Johan Davidsson, Jeremy Stevenson, Ed Ward, Frank Banham, Jeremy Stevenson, Maxim Balmochnykh, Dominic Roussell and Guy Hebert
New faces: (11) Oleg Tverdovsky, Ted Donato, Kip Miller, Ladislav Kohn, Tony Hrkac, Niclas Havelid, Jorgen Jonsson, Vitaly Vishnevski, Ed Ward, Frank Banham, Jeremy Stevenson and Maxim Balmochnykh.
Not returning from 1998-99: (7) Tomas Sandstrom, Travis Green, Mike Crowley, Jamie Pushor, Scott Ferguson, Dan Trebil, and Josef Marha.
1999 June 18 - Antti-Jussi Niemi traded to Anaheim by Ottawa with Ted Donato for Patrick Lalime
1999 June 26 - Travis Green traded to Phoenix by Anaheim with Anaheim's 1st rd choice (Scott Kelman) in 1999 draft for Oleg Tverdovsky
1999 September 27 - Ladislav Kohn traded to Anaheim by Atlanta for Anaheim's 8th rd choice (Evan Nielsen) in 2000 draft
1999 October 29 - Ted Drury traded to NY Islanders by Anaheim for Tony Hrkac and Dean Malkoc
2000 January 29 - Kip Miller traded to Anaheim by Pittsburgh for Anaheim's 9th rd choice (Roman Simicek) in 2001 draft
2000 March 11 - Jorgen Jonsson traded to Anaheim by NY Islanders for Johan Davidson in 2000 draft and future considerations
2000 March 14 - Ed Ward traded to Anaheim by Atlanta for Anaheim's 7th rd choice (Colin Fitzrandolph) in 2001 draft
2000 March 14 - Dan Trebil traded to Pittsburgh by Anaheim for Pittsburgh's 5th rd choice (Bill Cass) in 2000 draft
Free agents signed: (1)
1999 March 31 - Greg Naumenko signed as a free agent by Anaheim
Free agents / players lost: (3)
1999 June 25 - Jamie Pushor claimed by Atlanta from Anaheim in Expansion Draft
1999 August 24 - Mike Crowley signed as a free agent by Long Beach (IHL)
2000 January 20 - Jim McKenzie claimed on waivers by Washington from Anaheim
2000-01 Gauthier Season 3 Anaheim
Coach: Craig Hartsburg
Coach: Guy Charron
66 points: (25-41-11-5)
Standing: 5th in Pacific Division
2000-01 Roster: (35) Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin, Oleg Tverdovsky, Marty McInnis, Matt Cullen, Tony Hrkac, Mike Leclerc, German Titov, Petr Tenkrat, Vitaly Vishnevski, Niclas Havelid, Jeff Friesen, Jim Cummins, Mike Crowley, Pascal Trepanier, Dan Bylsma, Pavel Trnka, Ladislav Kohn, Marc Chouinard, Jason Marshall, Sammy Pahlsson, Ruslan Salei, Jonas Rundqvist, Antti Alto, Antti-Jussi Niemi, Andy McDonald, Andre Nazarov, Patrick Traverse, Kevin Sawyer, Bob Wren, Greg Naumenko, Dominic Roussell, Guy Hebert and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
New faces: (17) German Titov, Petr Tenkrat, Jeff Friesen, Jim Cummins, Dan Bylsma, Marc Chouinard, Mike Crowley, Sammy Pahlsson, Jonas Rundqvist, Antti-Jussi Niemi, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Andy McDonald, Andre Nazarov, Patrick Traverse, Kevin Sawyer, Bob Wren and Greg Naumenko.
Not returning from 1999-2000: (16) Fredrik Olausson, Ted Donato, Kip Miller, Jeff Nielson, Kevin Haller, Ted Drury, Jim McKenzie, Stu Grimson, Jorgen Jonsson, Johan Davidsson, Jeremy Stevenson, Ed Ward, Frank Banham, Jeremy Stevenson and Maxim Balmochnykh.
2000 May 25 - Espen Knutsen traded to Columbus by Anaheim for Columbus' 4th rd choice (Vladmir Korsunov) in 2001 draft
2000 June 10 - Jean-Sebastien Giguere traded to Anaheim by Calgary for Anaheim's 2nd rd choice (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Matt Pettinger)
2000 June 12 - Ed Ward traded to New Jersey by Anaheim for New Jersey's 7th rd choice (Tony Martensson) in 2001 draft
2000 June 12 - Patrick Traverse traded to Anaheim by Ottawa for Joel Kwiatkowski
2000 September 26 - Andre Nazarov and a 2nd round choice in 2001 (later traded to Phoenix - later traded back to Calgary - Calgary selected Andrei Taratukhin) traded to Anaheim by Calgary for Jordan Leopold
2000 November 18 - Patrick Traverse traded to Boston by Anaheim with Andrei Nazarov for Sammy Pahlsson
2001 February 9 - Ladislav Kohn traded to Atlanta by Anaheim for Sergei Vyshedkevich and Scott Langkov
2001 March 5 - Teemu Selanne traded to San Jose by Anaheim for Jeff Freisen, Steve Shields and San Jose's 2nd rd choice (later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Vojtech Polak in 2003 draft
2001 March 13 - Jason Marshall traded to Washington by Anaheim for Alexei Tezikov and Edmonton's 4th rd choice (Brandon Rogers) in 2001 draft
Free agents signed: (6)
2000 April 3 - Andy McDonald signed as a free agent by Anaheim
2000 July 1 - German Titov signed as a free agent by Anaheim
2000 July 5 - Jim Cummins signed as a free agent by Anaheim
2000 July 13 - Kevin Sawyer signed as a free agent by Anaheim
2000 July 13 - Dan Bylsma signed as a free agent by Anaheim
2000 December 8 - Mike Crowley signed as a free agent by Anaheim
Free agents / players lost: (12)
2000 May 24 - Jorgen Jonsson signed as a free agent by Farjestad (Sweden)
2000 June 23 - Jeff Nielson claimed by Minnesota from Anaheim in Expansion Draft
2000 July 3 - Kevin Haller signed as a free agent by NY Islanders
2000 July 5 - Scott Ferguson signed as a free agent by Edmonton
2000 July 6 - Stu Grimson signed as a free agent by Los Angeles
2000 August 11 - Peter LeBoutillier signed as a free agent by Los Angeles
2000 August 17 - Ted Donato signed as a free agent agent by Dallas
2000 September 24 - Kip Miller signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh
2000 September 25 - Jeremy Stevenson signed as a free agent by Nashville
2000 September 29 - Tom Askey signed as a free agent by Rochester (AHL)
2001 January 10 - Dominic Roussel claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Anaheim
2001 March 7 - Guy Hebert claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Anaheim
2001-02 Gauthier Season 4 Anaheim
Coach: Bryan Murray
69 points: (29-42- 8-3)
Standing: 5th in Pacific Division
2001-02 Roster: (31) Paul Kariya, Matt Cullen, Mike Leclerc, Jeff Friesen, Oleg Tverdovsky, Andy McDonald, German Titov, Jason York, Marty McInnis, Steve Rucchin, Sammy Pahlsson, Dan Bylsma, Patric Kjellberg, Ruslan Salei, Keith Carney, Pavel Trnka, Marc Chouinard, Denny Lambert, Niclas Havelid, Sergei Krivokrasov, Timo Parssinen, Vitaly Vishnevski, Kevin Sawyer, Drew Bannister, Aris Brimanis, Jim Cummins, Antti-Jussi Niemi, Petr Tenkrat, Ilya Bryzgalov, Steve Shields and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
New faces: (11) Jason York, Patric Kjellberg, Keith Carney, Denny Lambert, Sergei Krivokrasov, Timo Parssinen, Drew Bannister, Aris Brimanis, Ilya Bryzgalov, and Steve Shields.
Not returning from 2000-01: (14) Teemu Selanne, Tony Hrkac, Mike Crowley, Pascal Trepanier, Ladislav Kohn, Jason Marshall, Jonas Rundqvist, Antti Alto, Andre Nazarov, Patrick Traverse, Bob Wren, Greg Naumenko, Dominic Roussel and Guy Hebert.
Not returning from 1997-98: (15) Dave Karpa, Frank Banham, Kevin Todd, Jeremy Stevenson, Drew Bannister, Jean-Francois Jomphe, Brent Severyn, Espen Knutsen, Doug Houda, Peter LeBoutillier, Richard Park, Marc Moro, Barry Nieckar, Bob Wren, and Tom Askey.
2001 June 19 - Keith Carney traded to Anaheim by Phoenix for Calgary's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded back to Calgary - Calgary selected Andrei Taratukhin) in 2001 Entry Draft
2001 July 2 - Denny Lambert traded to Anaheim by Atlanta with Atlanta's 9th rd choice (Francois Caron) in 2002 draft for Anaheim's 8th rd choice (Tyler Boldt) in 2002 draft
2001 November 1 - Petr Tenkrat traded to Nashville by Anaheim for Patrick Kjellberg
2001 November 1 - Sergei Krivokrasov traded to Anaheim by Minnesota for Anaheim's 7th rd choice (Niklas Eckerblom) in 2002 draft and a conditional choice in 2003 draft
Free agents signed: (3)
2001 July 3 - Jason York signed as a free agent by Anaheim
2001 July 27 - Drew Bannister signed as a free agent by Anaheim
2001 August 1 - Aris Brimanis signed as a free agent by Anaheim
Free agents lost: (7)
2001 April 24 - Frank Banham signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland)
2001 April 26 - Antti Alto signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland)
2001 May 24 - Fredrik Olausson signed as a free agent by Detroit
2001 July 24 - Bob Wren signed as a free agent by Toronto
2001 July 25 - Tony Hrkac signed as a free agent by Atlanta
2001 July 25 - Mike Crowley signed as a free agent by Minnesota
2001 September 1 - Pascal Trepanier signed as a free agent by Colorado
During his time in Anaheim, Gauthier presided over three NHL Entry Drafts, with thirteen of twenty-four picks eventually reaching the NHL for at least one game.
1999 Anaheim: (3/7) Jordan Leopold*, Niclas Havelid*, Alexandr Chagodayev, Maxim Rydin, Jan Sandstrom, Petr Tenkrat*, Brian Gornick
2000 Anaheim: (3/5) Alexei Smirnov*, Ilya Bryzgalov*, Jonas Ronnqvist*, Peter Pidhradsky, Bill Cass.
2001 Anaheim: (7/12) Stanislav Chistov*, Mark Popovic*, Joel Stepp, Timo Parssinen*, Vladimir Korsunov, Brandon Rogers, Joel Perreault*, Jan Tabacek, Tony Martensson*, Martin Gerber*, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau*.
Beneficial transactions and signings: 13
Non-beneficial transactions and signings: 4
Total player transactions: 38