MONTREAL (AP) -- The president of the Montreal Canadiens says Bob Gainey is stepping aside as general manager and being replaced by Pierre Gauthier.

Team president Pierre Boivin says Monday that Gainey will remain with the team as a special counsel to Gauthier.

Gauthier was the assistant general manager under Gainey. Gainey starred for the Canadiens from 1973-89 and the Hall of Famer rejoined the team as GM after the 2002-2003 season. Montreal made the playoffs four out of five seasons during Gainey's tenure.

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