The Vancouver Canucks has decided to part ways with general manager Mike Gillis, NHL.com report.
The decision was made just a day after the Canucks were eliminated from playoff contention.
This move had to be done, in my opinion. Gillis' decisions over the past few months have really hurt the team and the fans. Clearly trading your starting goaltender right before a possible playoff campaign was not the right move.
I believe the goaltender trades involving Schneider and Luongo could be what influenced Gillis’ dismissal the most.
But Canucks fans do have to give Gillis some respect. After all, he is the one that helped the Canucks claim five straight Northwest Division titles. But unfortunately the damage is done for this season as the Canucks will miss the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.
It’s going to be quite a task for the team’s new manager to repair the damage. It’s going to be a long journey before this team gets back to the one that Canucks fans are used to seeing. However, having someone new at the helm of the organization may persuade some of the players that were poised to leave to stay for another year or two.
The biggest challenge for the team’s next GM will be finding a starting goaltender. Eddie Lack just isn’t ready to take on that responsibility in my opinion and he’s looked average at best since taking Luongo’s spot.
The dilemma is that the team will have to trade one of their better forwards if they have any hope of finding a new starting goaltender. Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler could be used as bargaining chips to fill the void in goal.
I will be very sad to see either of these players leave but I’m certain that there are many changes coming that I won’t like. However, at least new management and players will give head coach John Tortorella a fresh perspective and a much-needed confidence boost.
It’s unknown at this point who the next general manager of the Vancouver Canucks will be. But whoever it is had better be prepared to make some pretty tough decisions.
I have no idea what the future holds for Gillis but I’m sure some Canucks fans will remember the positive things he did for the organization. I can’t say I’m pleased about any of the trades he made this past season but thankfully that’s all in the past now and the rebuild of this team can begin.
It’s going to be a very long and interesting off-season for the Vancouver Canucks.
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