Laurence Gilman: Master Negotiator

Thomas Drance
May 15 2012 12:47PM


Photo credit: Post Media News/Mark Van Manen

In four years as General Manager and Team President of the Canucks, Mike Gillis' tenure has been a massive success - that is so long as you don't subscribe to a doltishly narrow view of success. Sure, the Canucks current management team has yet to hoist a Stanley Cup, has a mixed record on the trade market, and has yet to draft a real impact player - but they've overcome these short comings to a large extent, and built their success on the strength of their contract work. 

When it comes to the club's handling of player contracts, resident "capologist" Laurence Gilman, who is the management team's "chief negotiator" and is "also responsible for the administration and application of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the development of the club’s strategic salary cap plan," has been the driving force. Hiring Gilman away from Phoenix was one of Gillis' first acts as General Manger (Gilman was hired less than two weeks after Gillis was), and it has worked out to be inarguably one of his shrewdest personnel moves in Vancouver.

Read past the jump.

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Vigneault's Player Usage

Thomas Drance
May 14 2012 12:50PM

 

If you're a regular Canucks Army reader, you know that we've spilled gallons upon gallons of digital ink in an effort to breakdown Alain Vigneault's radical deployment patterns over the course of this season. We're always looking for new ways to help our readers visualize Vigneault's preferred tactics, and seeing as it's the Canucks head coach's 51st birthday today, we figured, what's another litre or two?

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Is Jordan Schroeder Ready to Fill in for Kesler?

Thomas Drance
May 10 2012 12:33PM


This picture marks the only time in recorded history that Mike Gillis has appeared droll.

Following the Cody Hodgson trade this past February, and the recent news that Ryan Kesler went under the knife again this week (and will need "four to six months" for rehabilitation) Jordan Schroeder has essentially found a golden ticket to the big leagues in his offseason chocolate bar.

Kesler's injury opens up a gaping hole at pivot in the top-six, and while Maxim Lapierre finished the season as the club's fourth winger, there is no one in the organization as well suited to assume Kesler's position in the short-term, as the Canucks hope Jordan Schroeder is. Jordan Schroeder impressed when I watched him this past season, and by the numbers improved in every facet of the game, but will he really be ready to fill in for Ryan Kesler in a prescribed role this October? 

We'll take a closer look after the jump.

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Cody Hodgson's Camp Pushes Back

Thomas Drance
April 30 2012 12:22PM

When Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis, a former player agent, went whole hog and essentially bashed Cody Hodgson for being a handful to deal with in his season ending press conference - it was jarring. Gillis has been an advocate for players rights his entire career, just ask Alan Eagleson, and it was surprising to hear him paint a talented young player as something of a prima donna. You knew that Cody Hodgson's camp was going to respond somehow, and they found an ingenious vessel to do so in Hodgson's well respected personal trainer: Gary Roberts.

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Luongo's "Last Day" Reax

Thomas Drance
April 25 2012 10:23AM

 Luongo's comments on Tuesday morning to the Vancouver press concerning his willingness to waive his no-trade clause if he's asked to do so by Mike Gillis over the summer, generated buzz and speculation across the hockey world. Let's round up some of the talking points after the jump.

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