Why is Willes so pissed at Gillis? (And a giveaway.)

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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  1. Cam Davie says:

    Nice article JJ!

    The last year the Canucks had 5 20-goal was 1996-97.
    Gelinas, Mogilny, Bure, Naslund and MIKE RIDLEY.

  2. Cam Davie says:

    Nice article JJ!

    The last year the Canucks had 5 20-goal was 1996-97.
    Gelinas, Mogilny, Bure, Naslund and MIKE RIDLEY.

  3. Jeff says:

    The answer would be 1996-97. Can’t believe it was so long ago!

  4. Jeff says:

    The answer would be 1996-97. Can’t believe it was so long ago!

  5. Willes isn’t a fan of Gillis for a couple of reasons, most of which relate to the ownership struggle over the Canucks that was finally resolved. ( http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2005/01/20/businessmen050120.html )

    Nonis was a seen as being a part of the side that lost out: Tom Gagliardi and Ryan Beedie. Willes supported Nonis and Beedie/Gagliardi. Gillis was seen as Aquilini’s ‘man.’ Willes isn’t shy of letting his feelings on the Aquillinis be known ( http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=ba14286e-5a49-4bfb-9c54-7687fba7e3d4 )

    This becomes even more obvious when you look back to the rather public feud between Brian Burke (close friend of Nonis) and Tony Gallagher. For years, Gallagher spewed venom towards Canucks management, letting to the ‘I wouldn’t use it to toilet train my dog’ comment regarding the Province. Here’s Gallagher’s take on Nonis’ firing, which is the polar opposite of Willes’ take: http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=4f290c04-607a-4ce6-bba2-8f346ee91c83

    The Globe and Mail also featured a piece that speculated that Willes was asked to stop criticize Nonis’ firing: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080501.TRUTH01/TPStory/Sports/columnists

    Logically, the best course of action to take after being asked to stop talking about the firing of the last GM is to start bashing the new guy. :P

  6. Willes isn’t a fan of Gillis for a couple of reasons, most of which relate to the ownership struggle over the Canucks that was finally resolved. ( http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2005/01/20/businessmen050120.html )

    Nonis was a seen as being a part of the side that lost out: Tom Gagliardi and Ryan Beedie. Willes supported Nonis and Beedie/Gagliardi. Gillis was seen as Aquilini’s ‘man.’ Willes isn’t shy of letting his feelings on the Aquillinis be known ( http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=ba14286e-5a49-4bfb-9c54-7687fba7e3d4 )

    This becomes even more obvious when you look back to the rather public feud between Brian Burke (close friend of Nonis) and Tony Gallagher. For years, Gallagher spewed venom towards Canucks management, letting to the ‘I wouldn’t use it to toilet train my dog’ comment regarding the Province. Here’s Gallagher’s take on Nonis’ firing, which is the polar opposite of Willes’ take: http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=4f290c04-607a-4ce6-bba2-8f346ee91c83

    The Globe and Mail also featured a piece that speculated that Willes was asked to stop criticize Nonis’ firing: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080501.TRUTH01/TPStory/Sports/columnists

    Logically, the best course of action to take after being asked to stop talking about the firing of the last GM is to start bashing the new guy. :P

  7. Ruth says:

    The canucks had 5 20 goal scorers in the 1996-97 season.

  8. Oops, a couple points of clarification.

    1, Burke was the one who made the toilet training joke. I left that ambiguous

    2, The Globe and Mail piece isn’t available publicly. Here’s the relevant bit:

    ‘Then, last week, Ed Willes, another Province sports columnist, took holidays, and speculation, denied by The Province and Willes, quickly arose whether he had been pressed to stop criticizing Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini over his decision to dismiss Nonis.’

  9. Ruth says:

    wow i don’t know how i missed the first two comments

  10. Ruth says:

    The canucks had 5 20 goal scorers in the 1996-97 season.

  11. Oops, a couple points of clarification.

    1, Burke was the one who made the toilet training joke. I left that ambiguous

    2, The Globe and Mail piece isn’t available publicly. Here’s the relevant bit:

    ‘Then, last week, Ed Willes, another Province sports columnist, took holidays, and speculation, denied by The Province and Willes, quickly arose whether he had been pressed to stop criticizing Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini over his decision to dismiss Nonis.’

  12. Ruth says:

    wow i don’t know how i missed the first two comments

  13. Damn you guys are quick!

    Congrats Cam! If you email me your mailing address, I’ll send you the yearbook.

  14. Damn you guys are quick!

    Congrats Cam! If you email me your mailing address, I’ll send you the yearbook.

  15. Trevor – Thanks for the links. I remember the chatter when these articles first came out. I guess I erroneously assumed that a “mainstream” columnist like Willes could look past it and at least give the semblance of *gasp* being objective.

  16. Trevor – Thanks for the links. I remember the chatter when these articles first came out. I guess I erroneously assumed that a “mainstream” columnist like Willes could look past it and at least give the semblance of *gasp* being objective.

  17. To be fair, he is a columnist and is paid for his opinions. I wasn’t a huge fan of Nonis being ousted at the time, either, but Gillis has really started to show that he is more than capable of being GM.

    David Pratt gave Willes hell on Monday over that piece, too. Was pretty funny.

  18. To be fair, he is a columnist and is paid for his opinions. I wasn’t a huge fan of Nonis being ousted at the time, either, but Gillis has really started to show that he is more than capable of being GM.

    David Pratt gave Willes hell on Monday over that piece, too. Was pretty funny.

  19. Ramzi says:

    very nice piece of writing… i think a major point is along with inheriting luongo and the sedin’s he also managed to secure the future of the canucks by coming through in the clutch and signing both to long term contracts, that to me was the biggest indication that he’s good for this franchise!

    And who would have thought that they would be in the top 5 in scoring, that’s absolutely ridiculous… defensively they are 8th i believe…

    they just need another selke type player who can score 20 plus goals and we are good to go…

  20. Ramzi says:

    very nice piece of writing… i think a major point is along with inheriting luongo and the sedin’s he also managed to secure the future of the canucks by coming through in the clutch and signing both to long term contracts, that to me was the biggest indication that he’s good for this franchise!

    And who would have thought that they would be in the top 5 in scoring, that’s absolutely ridiculous… defensively they are 8th i believe…

    they just need another selke type player who can score 20 plus goals and we are good to go…

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