I don’t know exactly what happened between Vancouver Province writer Ed Willes and Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis. I don’t know if Gillis spit in Willes’ coffee or ran over his dog or what. Whatever the reason, it’s obvious Willes has a beef with GMMG. And a beef he doesn’t try to hide either. Take, as an example, what Willes said in a column this week. The Canucks are 22 games over .500 since Gillis moved into the big office. They also have a Northwest Division pennant and a playoff series win. That’s all you need to know about his...Click here to read more.
Unlike Richard, I don’t believe that Gillis is spending too much money on too few key pieces. (Hey, just because we write on the same site doesn’t mean we can’t have different opinions.) While I agree that the Sedins and Luongo (current contract and any future contract extension) take up more than one-third of the Canucks’ cap room, I don’t think this necessarily means that he has handcuffed himself financially, and a quick trip down the salary cap era memory lane proves this. In the 2006/2007 season when the salary cap was at $44 million, the Anaheim Ducks won the...Click here to read more.
Gillis made clear upon his arrival to the franchise that he was a mover and a shaker, while I got the impression some of the things he said were almost a show for the media, other things he said, he’s stuck by. Gillis has struggled to put his mark on the team, to make that one move that marks the Canucks as Gillis’ Canucks – yet. After suggesting to the media and the fans that he was coming in with a revolving door policy, he’s stayed quiet relative to what we’d come to expect, and now facing the restructuring of...Click here to read more.
Gillis made clear yesterday in a press conference that amongst his priorities of inking Kesler and Luongo to long term deals before they hit free agency, and re-signing the entire coachign staff, one of his foremost concerns (and rightly so) was re-signing the Sedins. There’s been talk that the Sedins are not worth re-signing and the Canucks should let them go. They’re asking for about 7 million dollars each, basically double what they earned per year under their old contract and while that may be warranted by the way their stats look, with the cap headed down, not this season...Click here to read more.
If there’s one thing as uncertain as the future of Mats Sundin, it’s the future of Mattias Ohlund.If we know anything about Mike Gillis and the way he manages his team, his lack of negotiation with is a good sign that Ohlund isn’t coming back. Gillis has made a case for himself and making it very clear that he is not a wishy washy deal maker. He plays his cards straight. He made it clear from the day he was signed exactly what he wanted on his team. He made it clear in the offseason, and throughout the season until...Click here to read more.
As the bandwagon spills over the edges there are several things which were a bit worrisome in game 2, but there was one or two things to take away from the game. Luongo can now say he’s had his bad game. Get that out of the way, I’m positive he’ll come back stronger and make a statement on the road at the United Center in Chicago. What worries me the most is that with the loss of Salo the defence collapsed quickly. That being said, we’ve seen the Canucks play well during the long stretch he missed during the regular...Click here to read more.
Cody Hodgson was just named OHL Player of the year. The other day someone asked, “If given the opportunity, would you trade Hodgson for the first round pick in the 2009 draft?” (Or work a trade that included Hodgson for the first round pick) As speculation goes there’s a snowballs chance in hell, or Patrick Stefan’s chance at scoring on an empty net breakaway, that John Tavares will not go first overall in the 2009 draft. If it’s not him, it will be Victor Hedman. Tavares amongst the class of 2009 is the standout. There’s likely no one that will...Click here to read more.
There’s been a lot of discussion these past few days about whether Mike Gillis or Dave Nonis (or even Brian Burke) deserves the most credit for the success of this Canucks team. Nucks Misconducts’ take Joe Pelletier’s take I don’t think anyone will disagree that Nonis left Gillis with a good core of players. After all, he traded for Luongo and signed the Sedins, Kesler and most of the defense to good contracts. For all these, Nonis deserves proper credit. (And while we’re at it, also credit to Mike Keenan for trading Trevor Linden to get Todd Bertuzzi, which allowed...Click here to read more.
Bieksa calm before storm (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Different team since last meeting (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Sometimes no news good news (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Wellwood breathes sigh of relief after trade deadline day (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Hordichuk’s mates poke fun at front-page photo (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) A tale of two managers (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Why isn’t leading Moose scorer moving up higher? (Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press)Click here to read more.
Good morning boys and girls. It’s 5:19 AM and I just rolled out of bed and wife’s annoyed. We go through this same routine every trade deadline day. I set my alarm for 5:00 AM, I wake up, and she wonders why the heck I do this. No worries. I know she follows along at work. I hope you will too. But first, coffee. [update: 03/04/2009, 5:23 AM] From Bruce Garrioch via Hosea Cheung: League sources say the Canucks are offering D Kevin Bieksa, LW Mason Raymond and a No. 1 pick for Bouwmeester. That package is about what I...Click here to read more.