Vancouver announced today they have re-signed GM Mike Gillis. It’s a good move for the organization despite the team’s disappointing finish to the season this year.
Since Gillis took the reins, the Vancouver Canucks have been on the best teams in the NHL. The club has won two consecutive Presidents trophies, four consecutive NW division crowns and he was named GM of the year in 2011. Those are some heady achievements, unmatched by many older, more established managers in the league.
Gillis’ management is marred by only a few missteps over the years (the Keith Ballard trade stands as his worst in recent memory). However, by and large his acquisitions have been good bets and the organization’s cap management despite boasting some of the league’s premier talent has been excellent.
What’s more, the Canucks have become known as one of the most progressive, forward thinking franchises under Gilli’s watch. It’s clear the team isn’t afraid to investigate new, unique methods to achieve success which speaks to an open, thoughtful approach to management.
Gillis is a forward thinker who has achieved a huge amount of success during his brief time in Vancouver. Keeping him the fold was a no-brainer.