"The Grey Ghost" is gone.

Various sources out of Montreal confirm the Canadiens have called a press conference for 11 am ET to announce the firing of general manager Pierre Gauthier. No word if a replacement will be announced at that time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again the Canadiens surprise with their timing, as it was expected they’d wait until season’s end before handing Gauthier his walking papers. After this horrible season, in which Gauthier made a panic acquisition of Tomas Kaberle to replace the injured Andrei Markov, yanked Mike Cammalleri from the midst of an important mid-season game against the Bruins to trade him to Calgary, fired first an assistant coach and then head coach Jacques Martin, then poorly handled the media firestorm over interim coach Randy Cunneyworth’s lack of bilingual skills, it was inevitable “The Grey Ghost” would be axed. So, who will be his replacement? Julien Brisebois? Pierre McGuire? Patrick Roy? Serge Savard? The ghosts of Sam Pollock and Frank Selke? Your guess is as good as owner Geoff Molson’s. Hopefully, they won’t wait too long to name a suitable replacement.