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New Canucks GM Gillis is No Fan of Dave Nonis' Work

Apr 24, 2008 – 10:59 AM
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Jes Golbez

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Normally when a new GM holds his first press conference, he beams about how happy he is to be there, how he'll mold the team into a Stanley Cup contender, and thank ownership to giving him the opportunity to run the franchise (into the ground).

With player-agent-turned-GM Mike Gillis, it didn't quite work that way. Showing that you can never quite change your stripes, Gillis was in full 'agent' mode, and on the attack against the guy he took the team over from: Dave Nonis.
"I don't think this team is close at this particular point," said Gillis, doling out his harsh dose of reality just one week after Nonis declared the team was "very close" to competing for a championship.
Translation: Nonis was full of crap, and the team he put together wasn't very good.
"You can't blame a coach for doing everything he possibly can to win hockey games based on the assets he is given," Gillis said.
Translation: What do you expect Vigneault to do with the crap Nonis gave him?
"A couple of very good decisions, or a couple of really bold decisions might put this team in a position to win almost immediately. I'm hoping to be able to take advantage of those opportunities as quickly as we can."
Translation: Even though I said the team wasn't close to winning, I'm so awesome that with a quick wave of my magic wand, the Canucks will be back to tearing up the Avalanche like a starving Panda in a bamboo forest.

You can bet that quite a few GMs around the league (Kevin Lowe, especially) won't be too happy or willing to deal with Gillis, the guy who has ripped them off many times, especially if Gillis keeps acting like the boastful ass that he's always been. Yes, there is a lot of truth to what he is saying, but chopping up the former GM of the club shows that Gillis has too much ego to pump up, and that is a worrisome sign for Canucks fans.
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