Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Canucks to name Mike Gillis the new GM at Press Conference tomorrow

Just saw this leaked on TSN. So just who is this guy?

- Born in Sudbury Ontario in 1958.
- Played pro hockey at the NHL level for the Colorado Rockies and Boston Bruins as a left winger from 1978 to 1984. He was chosen 5th overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Rockies in 1978.
-Is currently a player agent and has represented players since 1991. One of his clients: Markus Naslund. Oh dear god.
-moved to BC to support his daughter's field hockey career.

He has also represented former Canucks Pavel Bure and Geff Courtnall in the past.

“I think he’d be phenomenal,” Courtnall said today. “He’s a really smart guy.”
I'm not so sure yet. Zero GM track record. He had better be fucking smart. I don't want the Canucks to turn into a big joke. It's already enough of a fucking circus around there already.
A press conference will be held tomorrow by Mr. Aquilini to make the announcement. He had no comment today.

CBC's Elliot Friedman blogged about Gillis today, and it is a must-read to gain some perspective on the new GM.
An excerpt: His (Gillis') apparent ascension to the Canuck throne would suggest his move to the West Coast also allowed him to be closer to Francesco Aquilini. It’s clear now that the Canucks owner had him in mind from the moment Dave Nonis was fired. Gillis undoubtedly worked his way close to the person who mattered most. Obviously, it worked. Did he undermine Nonis? That’s probably something the former GM is asking, too.

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At April 22, 2008 at 9:45 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At April 23, 2008 at 6:39 a.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

Cue the circus music, please.

I guess your "Captain" will be around a while longer. Just watch him give him like $10 Mill a year! That would be frickin hilarious!!!

At April 23, 2008 at 4:41 p.m. , Blogger The KEMPNER's said...

Gillis? hmmm You are right, he better be good. But signing Naslund's agent implies he will sign him back. Maybe that's why he let go of Nonis because he wasn't going to sign Naslund back. Who knows.
No experience as a GM?!!! It doesn't look good right now.

At April 23, 2008 at 5:26 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I guess the lack of GM experience isn't anything new in the NHL. The guy has to start somewhere. But usually it's under the guidance of a current GM.
I think Gillis still has Aquilini's balls in his mouth....excuse the filthy saying.
I don't think Gillis is an agent anymore. Now he is on the other side of the fence. It's like a union worker jumping into a management position. Maybe Gillis' agent experience will pay off as a GM because he knows how sleazy agents are. Hell, he's the guy that got Holik $10 million per season.


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