Gainey's contract extended through 2009-10 season

MONTREAL -- Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey agreed to a
contract extension Monday through the 2009-10 NHL season.

Montreal also announced that Pierre Gauthier, the head of pro
scouting for the Canadiens, will add on the responsibilities of
assistant general manager, and that Julien BriseBois will become
the team's vice president of hockey operations.

Gainey took over as GM in June 2003 and led the Canadiens to the
playoffs in each of his two seasons on the job. He also assumed
head coaching duties for the second half of the 2005-06 season.

"Bob has put together a very strong hockey management team, and
his leadership is a source of inspiration for our fans and all
members of the Canadiens organization," team president Pierre
Boivin said in a statement.

Gainey won five Stanley Cups with Montreal during a 16-year
playing career. He also won a championship as general manager of
the Dallas Stars in 1999.

Gauthier joined the Canadiens in July 2003 as director of
professional scouting after stints as general manager with the
Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

The Canadiens also hired Michel Boucher, Denis Morel and Doug
Gibson as scouts.