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Report: Serge Savard takes permanent post as Habs' VP

Montreal Canadiens hockey great Serge Savard looks to colleague Ken Dryden after a news conference to announce the impending retirement of their sweater numbers, in Montreal on Wednesday, September 20, 2006.

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It looks like Serge Savard will be working for the Montreal Canadiens longer than originally expected.

Radio-Canada reports that Savard has been appointed the club's senior vice-president of hockey operations.

The Hall of Fame defenceman was handpicked last month by Canadiens owner Geoff Molson to help find a replacement for fired GM Pierre Gauthier.

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Radio-Canada says the new general manager, who has yet to be named, will report to Savard.

The 66-year-old was the Canadiens' GM between 1983 and 1995 and led the team to its last two Stanley Cups.

The Habs are coming off a disastrous season that saw them finish last in the Eastern Conference.

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