June 05 2013 02:13PM
Mike Gillis' best summer is surely 2010. In 2008 he got his feet wet and returned the Canucks to the postseason, in 2009 he'd made more decisions in re-shaping the team (and he'd also convinced the Sedins to re-sign for below market value). Saving money in 2009 allowed him to bring in key free agents in 2010.
In the 2010 playoffs, the Canucks had again run into the Blackhawks brick wall. The Hawks were again too much to handle and the Canucks' penalty kill had been a miserable failure all playoffs.
The first key acquisition of Gillis' tenure, Pavol Demitra, went out with a whimper. Injured for most of the year, his greatest moments came in the Olympics, as he drove Slovakia into the semifinals. It was an against-all-odds performance.
At the same time as Demitra was starring on the international stage, Shane O'Brien managed to turn his greatest opportunity into nothing. Injuries had offered him increased ice time, but over the two week break for the Olympics, O'Brien reportedly partied it up and packed on the pounds. He became a lesson for Canucks management on the importance of off-ice culture.
How to re-shape the third and fourth line? How to find and keep as many NHL-capable defencemen as possible? What to do with a pair of young forwards? Those were the questions facing Mike Gillis as the 2010 off-season began.
June 05 2013 01:55PM
Love this play call from Jim Hughson: "You only do that at 8 Rinks!!"
After a two week hiatus, an absence borne in part from Drance's travelling schedule, the Canucks Army podcast is back for our seventh episode!
Joining us this week is Vancouver Sun Canucks beat writer Iain Macintyre. Iain and Drance chat about the Canucks offseason, the prospect of the Canucks placing an AHL affiliate in Utica, New York, shake ups in Vancouver's amateur scouting department, and the prospect of a Pavel Bure jersey retirement.
Click past the jump to listen.
June 04 2013 04:33PM
2009 was another step forward, or so we thought.
It was Mike Gillis' second summer in charge. What was orginally a risky hire had paid off - Gillis signed free agents that worked, the team made the second round of the playoffs for the just the second time in more than a decade, everything looked on the upswing.
It was a summer that featured another decision to let a long-time face of the franchise go, while minting gold in a trade that can only be described as alchemy.
Yesterday, we looked at Mike Gillis' first summer in charge and found that he mostly did a pretty good job.
So, how did he fare in the summer of 2009?
June 04 2013 12:28PM
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The Canucks interviewed highly regarded coaching prospect Dallas Eakins last week, and will reportedly chat with deposed Dallas Stars bench boss Glen Gulutzan at some point this week. But apparently Eakins nailed his interview and will be brought in to chat with Mike Gillis and company for a second time in short order. Per Elliotte Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts column:
Glen Gulutzan's interview with the Vancouver Canucks will be some time this week. I still think there will be more candidates (Kings assistant John Stevens, for example). But there is a growing sense they really like Dallas Eakins, who coaches the AHL Toronto Marlies. Word is Eakins will do a second interview with Vancouver.
Well isn't that interesting. Read past the jump for more.
June 04 2013 11:45AM
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It was reported by Arthur Staple of Newsday on Tuesday afternoon that Swiss born defenceman Mark Streit will not be re-signing with the New York Islanders before July 5th. Rather Streit will hit the open market as an unrestricted free-agent. A puck moving defenceman who can quarterback a power-play, Mark Streit has to be an intriguing piece for the Canucks. He's also a player the team reportedly pursued way back at the 2011-12 trade deadline.
Would Streit make sense for the Canucks to pursue? We'll get into it after the jump.