Mike Gillis Appears on The Bro Jake Show, Drops News on Booth’s Return

It’s looking like this Saturday could be the first time we see David Booth in game action since March 16th.

Disclaimer: I’ve someway, somehow, managed to avoid getting involved in any capacity with all of this Bro Jake business on Team1040. Local sports talk radio really isn’t my cup of tea anyways, so refraining from listening to a single second of that particular program hasn’t been all that difficult. Heading into today all I knew about the radio station’s newest personality is that nearly every single person on my timeline couldn’t stand him, and that he sports a goofy moustache (from his awkward commercial with Travis Lulay).

That all changed on early Thursday morning, when I was forced to tune in to listen to what Mike Gillis had to say during his appearance on the program. At least he rewarded me with a few interesting tidbits. Read on past the jump for a transcript of the discussion.

When asked about last night’s 4-1 loss to the Oilers, and the preseason in general:

“We purposely put a lot of young kids in the lineup in these first two games. We wanted to see how they’d respond. Training camp has been really tough here, with a lot of skating and a lot of hard work. It’s preseason. You’re experimenting with a lot of different things, and a lot of different line combinations, and a lot of kids, and sometimes you come up on the short end.”

On the team adjusting, and buying into John Tortorella’s new system:

“I’m not concerned at all. Our players are responding really well to tough practices, and the learning curve is steep at the start. But it begins with hard work, and being prepared to work hard. And we have that. So I’m not concerned one bit. We know we have a good team here and we’re looking for success, and success will come through change.”

On negotiations with the Sedins:

"It’s going fine."

On David Booth’s status, and the team’s expectations for him this season:

“David has been cleared to play, so I think he’s good to go. I expect him to play on Saturday. Our expectations are really high. He’s a good player, and unfortunately he has had a rough go of it with injuries the past few years. We have high expectations for him, and he has high expectations for himself. We’re just hopeful he can stay healthy and contribute.”

On Roberto Luongo:

“Roberto is, as you know, a real professional. He takes a lot of pride in his work and his performance. I expect him to have a great season. He’s motivated.. you know he always starts slowly as he gets a feel for it. But most goalies are like that. He has handled himself impeccably during what has been made a tough time, with people asking him the same questions over and over and over.”

On early impressions of the young players at camp:

“I think they’re doing really well. Bo Horvat and Hunter, they were 1st round picks. They’ve done well. Frankie Corrado and Zack Kassian have playing well. Brendan Gaunce has played well. We’re moving in the right direction. We’ve had 2 years where we’ve had the luxury of picking in the top 10 since I’ve been here. It’s tougher to select guys that will be ready to step in to play when you’re picking in the mid 20’s. We’ve traded away a lot of picks in our pursuit of the Stanley Cup, which you have to try and do if you want to have the best team possible heading into the playoffs. But we’re happy with the kids we have here right now. We think they have great upside.”

On the prospect of getting rid of the shootout:

“It would eventually get to 3-on-3. It would be 4 on 4, then 3 on 3. I like it. I like the games to be won while you’re actually playing the game, as opposed to the shootout. There’s a lot of fans that like the shootout, but there’s also a lot of fans that would like to see a continued game.”

On the Pacific Division:

“It’ll be tough, but the league is getting much closer to a league of parity, with a very narrow band. I think coaching, determination and discipline will be the things that carry teams through. You’ll have to start playing playoff hockey very early in these seasons in order to get into the playoffs. It’ll be challenging, but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to. With the new staff here.. everyone is excited. Everyone is excited about the energy. There’s a lot of positive things happening.”

On travel, and the schedule:

“We’ve had 5 years of experience with fatigue management now. We have a system that we’re really confident in. It has a lot of data about the past 5 years, with how we’ve travelled and what the success rates are. We’re very fortunate that we’ve worked with a very good group of guys. We have our own software in which we input the data about games travel, and what happens the week before and the week after, and we come out with a number. And if that number isn’t above 90, we then adjust certain things the week before or the night before, to get that number above the 90 mark. We’ve had a lot of success on the road the past 5 years. We’ve had the best road record in the NHL for a couple years. I don’t think the lockout year is all that indicative for getting a lot of good data from it. But we’ve applied those principles, and we’re very confident that we’ll be able to manage fatigue well this year and give ourselves a competitive advantage.”

In case you’d like to listen to the interview for yourself, you can do so right here. My advice though, is that you don’t subject yourself to it. I left out the awkward exchanges between the two parties which included: Bro Jake citing Gillis’ appreciation of The Tragically Hip, referring to the Canucks’ General Manager as a "big softie", and finally offering him some wine in an attempt to cooerce information out of him. The banter was truly cringe-worthy. Let’s just say that I could live with the idea of never tuning in again. The things I do for you people.

  • pheenster

    Dear Canucks Army,

    Please consider this page “exhibit A” as to why a curated, moderated comments section is generally a good idea.

    Dear everyone else,

    Please stop feeding the trolls.


  • Fatigue management, software. LMFAO. Gillis couldn’t manage a salad bar.

    The Canucks have no past, no present, and Gillis traded the future goalie away to NJ to keep an old leaky donkey. Things are looking bright indeed.

      • pheenster

        The feelings mutual, donkey brains. I saw Jack- Ass the movie. You’re quite the star. You should check it out. PS. You;re trying too hard to keep your job with the Canucks. Won a cup yet? No, a coffee cup don’t count. I’ll be right and laughing at you and your hopeless team again come the end of this season.

        • pheenster

          Have you won a Cup yet? I am pretty sure I’ve never seen you on the ice playing for a Cup contender or carrying the Cup around etc.

          Get a life, loser. We watch grown men play a game. It’s entertainment. It’s nice to see your team win but, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really impact your life. Let me know if you need help removing your head out of your own ass…it seems quite stuck.

          • pheenster

            This precisely! Perhaps for a tool like this their pathetic little world does revolve around a bunch of men playing a game. So when they win, he feels like he has done something of note with his life.

          • JCDavies

            LOL. Look at the ones who care about their little team with a bunch of grown losers playing hockey? lol I don;t even give a crap about hockey, and when I make a comment about your crappy team, you guys start crying like a bunch of babies. And I’m the one who’s world revolves around hockey? LOL. Your team hasn’t done a damn thing, and it’s funny how you Canuck fanboys have such thin skin. Can’t take criticism, won’t see why your team sucks for half a decade. Oh noooo, your hope and delusions and thin skin will make your Sedins play like legends this post season. LOL. Based on what? 45 years of losing? HAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

          • JCDavies

            We don’t even have to respond to you anymore. You are seriously just verbally jerking yourself off in hope that someone will watch. Not surprising that you seek such attention on a board occupied predominantly by faceless masculine figures.
            My sense tells me that your issues lie somewhere between cross dressing Daddy issues, and some deep rooted misogyny because your Mommy doesn’t love you, or perhaps that women generally just think you’re creepy.
            The more you type, the clearer the picture becomes. Please continue….

          • JCDavies

            Same to you, angry fanboy. Keep proving me right just like how your crappy team will choke this year again. Delusional fanboys like yourself are the main reason why sites and forums on the net suck. You fanboys are everywhere, infesting every single corner of the net, calling other people trolls when kids like yourself are the reasons why every site is plagued with angry geeks who think they own everything and everyword said. LOL Keep it up, fanboy, and the net will die a death it deserves. Keep it up, Canuck fanboys.

          • JCDavies

            Really? Thats it? That’s all you got? I mean if you are going to be a troll, at least be good at it. Is there anything in life that you actually do well, I mean besides for disappointing your poor parents and not meeting a viable candidate to procreate with (thankfully).
            Man, I could do this all day just to watch you fail continuously. You’re exposing yourself more than a pedophile on a playground, and you’re just about as welcome.
            The only angry person here is you, and unless I’m mistaken, your rage is growing by the second as you get buried by the intellectually superior ‘fanboys’ on a hockey forum. How pathetic is that?
            We are not angry at you, we simply pity you.

          • JCDavies

            I don’t fancy hockey, I don’t go around posing as a player and I don’t rip ppl off by selling false hope and pipe dreams so I don’t need no cup, loser. LOL. You watch losers play hockey, losers who have never won anything in over 40 years…and you still watch. Why? Because you enjoy cheering for losings, making excuses for losers. The only thing worse than the Canucks are its enablers, enablers like you. LOL. Let me know when you stop crying like a baby and wake up to smell the stench your team makes year after year. But oh no… you think it will be different this year. Based on what? Your delusions? 40 how many years? Give it up, loser. LOL

    • Peachy


      (We hear that every day from NM00, so it’s a boring troll. One bonus point for good grammar though.)

      ((No offense intended to NM00, I value the contrary opinion.))

      • Peachy

        The feeling’s mutual.If you have a opinion, than say it, if you have to fart, than blow it. Don’t reply about my comment without one of your own. You hear it, but you can’t accept it. So accept it, have your own opinion, or shut up.

          • pheenster

            Why would you need to edit? You already have bad grammar. LOL Fix your delusions before you talk about grammar, kid. Oh, and by the way, The Canucks aren’t going to amount to anything this year as well. Reality hurts, doesn’t it? Don;t hate the messenger, kid…hate your god awful team and their delusional fans. Oooo…that will hit a nerve.

          • pheenster

            I may not agree with some of NMOs opinions, but at least he is able to articulate one, and one that contains at least some semblance of substance. Someone with your obvious lack of intellect couldn’t form an argument based outside of school yard insults and trolling another teams message board. Is it cold in your Mom’s basement.
            Someone who uses ‘LOL’ regularly and decides that commas and punctuation are more of a suggestion than a necessity, shouldn’t be commenting on other peoples abuse of the English language.

            Of course, being that you are a Hawks fan, and I’m willing to bet one who jumped aboard the the shiny new red wagon just in time for their first Cup in 40 years, I guess we should consider forgiving your ignorance.

            So how about you just hop back into that little wagon, and roll on back to Chicago. Oh wait, you have never even been to Chicago, have you son?

          • JCDavies

            “Fix your delusions … and by the way, The Canucks aren’t going to amount to anything this year as well. Reality hurts, doesn’t it? Don;t hate the messenger, kid…hate your god awful team and their delusional fans. “

            Haha, that is amazing. I hope you got a laugh out of this.

        • Peachy

          Awww, you’re so adorable. Still 2/10, this time you get a bonus for persistence.

          (I take back my earlier bonus point for grammar; I thought the mistakes in your first post were stylistic choices, but it turns out you’re just bad at writing in English. No shame in that! We can all improve!)

          • pheenster

            Thanks kid, Same to you… you get 2 brownie points for your fanboyism. Anything else, kid? Angry that your team hasn’t won a thing in 4 decades. The Hawks have 2 cups in the last ten years. My advice is for you to study why the Hawks have so much more success than your Canucks. But no, you don’t like that do you? You like Presidents Trophies. LOL.

          • pheenster

            Someone’s angry their team suuuuuuuuccckkks. LOL
            I’m sure your poster of the twins in your room will make you feel better. Go go Sedins power of invisibility! LOL. No, brother, I will win us the cup by punching Marchand’s glove with my face! LOL. Delusional wankers. LOL

  • JCDavies

    Do you tire of getting owned on the internet?
    Are your trolling attempts falling flat?
    Do you ever think to yourself, why do I fail at life so bad?

    If you said yes to any of these questions (or all of them in your case) you probably live in your parents basement, and have never felt the loving embrace of a female (well there was that one time with your Mom but that doesnt really count does it?).
    But you can change your life. Step away from the computer, and embrace what little life you have left. Its passing you by son, like the short bus that forgot to pick you again. Get out there and live man, live!
    Smell the flowers
    Look at the stars
    Have that lump looked at
    Try not to get caught stocking that girl from Starbucks…

    Picture what your real life could be, and get out there and fail in the real world. We know you have it in you. You’re a professional.

    And since you asked for it, and still have no idea what it actually means…

    I win.
    You lose
    Drops mic.
    Walks off stage left.

    • JCDavies

      I appreciate that you keep trying to humor the troll. It’s a nice public service and probably keeps him out of whatever other trouble he might get into. I wonder if he’s got huge flashcards scattered around his basement with “LOL” and “FANTARD” and “DELUSIONAL” written on them. It’s so cute to see him so engaged with this one thread on one blog. I wonder why he picked it? I do like how his rage has turned to the Internet as well as Canucks fans — I think he threatened to burn the whole thing down at one point, didn’t he? Pure gold.

      • JCDavies

        Pure delusion. Fantard sticking up for another fantard. Delusional fantards…a dime a dozen…no, a dime a millions on the net. Is there any site or forum where you fantards haven’t infected? Nope.

      • JCDavies

        I wouldnt say so much that I am humoring it as poking it with a pointy stick. I find it endless amusing to antagonize the mentally and intellectually weak, and watch as they bury themselves under their own stupidity while it thinks we are somehow affected by its blatherings.

        Its fascinating to imagine just where something so pathetic might actually reside. Most likely in its Moms basement on a futon that has stains that resemble creamed corn. Does it drink its own tears to stay hydrated? I’m betting it pees sitting down. Imagine it sitting at its computer right now, staring at the words I have written, surrounded by sticky tissues, monster energy drinks and tiny female Warhammer figurines painted so they look naked, and it is just sooo mad, it will go through the process of writing exactly the same thing once again but just with the words in a different order.

        Oh yeah, its a creepy as it sounds.

    • JCDavies

      LOL. Iam right again. Seeing as how I don’t even bother reading your replies but you certainly love reading mine proves that you are indeed a fantard. LMFAO.
      Reply again and prove to me how right Iam again. Go ahead, fantard, show everyone here how right Iam about fantards like yourself who do nothing but infest the net.

      Reply to me because I command you like a master and you are my doggie.

    • JCDavies

      Booot, takes a fart, thinks he;s cool. Guess what”? You aint cool. If you’re going to be a fanboy, learn how to be one properly. You maggots are the reason why the net is now over run with delusional angry little wankers. And I pity you as well, kid. Pity you don;t have the brains to stop proving how right Iam. Keep it up kiddo, keep being an angry little delusional fantard. No surprise there. LOL. You little fantards think you won every single site don;t ya? LOl. Not on my terms, little kid. Bam, slap to your face. Go home to your momma, angry fantard. LOL

    • JCDavies

      You make me laugh kid. Not only do you make fantard comments, you then make a comment as to what you think I would do. Drops mike? Walks off stage? DELUSIONAL as I said. Thanks for proving me right yet again, kid. Delusional Twat is so delusional he doesn’t even know he’s delusional. Case closed. Defendant is Delusional and a fantard.

  • JCDavies

    Gillis needs to go..Torts is a BIG mistake …he has too big of an ego to be an effective coach. Shot blocking for everybody?,..great idea till your team is hurting.
    Sedins should be traded while they are worth something. This will be another sub par year for them.

  • JCDavies

    Listen, kid, you are just a DELUSIONAL fanboy, kid. Thanks for proving me right fanboy. HAHAHA. LOL. Its fantard kids like you that ruinz the interntz you is so delusional HAHAHA LMAO. Kid!
    Yeah but thanks for proving me right HAHAHA

    The above paragraph is made up of the entirety of Sarcasm Mode written vocabulary. If there is someone out there with the ability to actually translate ‘idiot’ for me, I would be incredibly grateful. I have a feeling there is a poignant message in there somewhere, that may very well enlighten the world.

    • JCDavies

      And thanks for proving me right about you, fantard. LOL. Keep it coming I love it when angry fantards like yourself who infect the entire net prove me right again and again.What would the world of the internet be without you delusional fantards? LOL Wait, aren’t you going to use that drops mike walks off stage shat? LMFAO. Delusional fantard as always.