The Montreal Canadiens' hockey operations will be led by both new executive vice president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton and a new general manager, owner Geoff Molson said on Monday. Molson addressed the media for the first time since firing general manager Marc Bergevin, assistant general manager Trevor Timmins and vice president of communications Paul Wilson on Sunday.

"I think this team and this organization will be better managed with two people at the head of hockey operations," Molson said.

The Canadiens hired Gorton to a "long-term" contract, Molson said. Gorton, 53, spent six years as the New York Rangers general manager before being fired this past May. He also spent time as an assistant general manager for the Boston Bruins.

Molson says that the search process for a new GM will begin immediately and will be completed as soon as possible, and mentioned the GM will need to communicate in both English and French.