Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Moves made by Dave Nonis in his tenure as GM

Nonis was promoted to General Manager and Senior Vice Prez on May 6 2004.
In his tenure, Nonis made the following moves:

- July 2004: signed Jonathan Aitken, Joe DiPenta, Lee Goren, Wade Flaherty, and Jeff Heerema. Besides Goren, none of the above were used in a Canucks lineup.

- August 3, 2005: traded Brent Sopel to the Islanders for a 3rd round pick in 2006.

- August 22, 2005: traded the 3rd round pick in 2006 to Atlanta for Steve McCarthy.

- September 9, 2005: traded future considerations to Tampa for Craig Darby.

- October 7, 2005: traded Fedor Fedorov to the Rangers for Jozef Balej and a conditional pick.

- March 9, 2006: traded a 4th round pick in 2006 (TJ Miller) to the Devils for Sean Brown

- March 9, 2006: traded a 2nd round pick in 2006 (Jhonas Enroth) for Mika Noronen.

- March 9, 2006: traded Brett Skinner and a 2nd round pick in 2006 (Bryce Swan) in exchange for Keith Carney and Juha Alen.

- traded Steve McCarthy to Atlanta for a conditional 7th round pick in 2007 (Charles-Antoine Messier)

- traded Tomas Mojzis and a 3rd round pick in 2006 to the Blues for Eric Weinrich. Ouch.

- June 23, 2006: traded Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen to Florida for Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a 6th round pick in 2006 (Sergei Shirokov).

- July 1 2006: Signed Willie Mitchell as a free agent.

- July 14, 2006: traded a 4th round pick in 2007 to the Sabres in exchange for Taylor Pyatt.

- July 20, 2006: signed Marc Chouinard as a free agent. Whoops.

- July 25, 2006: signed Jan Bulis as a free agent. Never liked that one either.

- traded, more like flogged Dan Cloutier to the Kings for a 2nd round pick in 2007 (Taylor Ellington) and a conditional pick in 2009.

- August 18, 2006: signed Rory Fitzpatrick as a free agent. The "Vote for Rory" campaign soon followed.

- October 4 2006: claimed Dany Sabourin off waivers.

- December 30, 2006: claimed Jeff Cowan off waivers.

- February 26, 2007: traded a 2nd round pick in 2007 for Brent Sopel.

- February 26, 2007: traded a conditional pick to Chicago (who picked Akim Aliu) in exchange for Bryan Smolinski.

- June 23 2007: traded Jason King and a conditional pick in 2009 to the Ducks for Ryan Shannon.

- June 23 2007: traded Jesse Shultz to the Thrashers for Jim Sharrow.

- July 2 2007: signed Byron Ritchie and Brad Isbister as free agents.

- July 3, 2007: signed Curtis Sanford as a free agent.

- July 9 2007: signed Aaron Miller as a free agent.

- August 1, 2007: traded Francois-Pierre Guenette to the Blues for Zach Fitzgerald.

- August 21, 2007: re-signed Trevor Linden.

- February 26, 2008: traded Matt Cooke to Washington for Matt Pettinger.

So much talk on Team 1040 today about the Nonis firing. Like I mentioned in the comments section of the last post, 42% fans think the team is going in the right direction by firing Nonis on a Team 1040 poll.
The Aquilini press conference today reeked of bullshit for the most part. He may want a GM that has vision and a "plan", but that is exactly what Nonis had. Of course the pressure is on with Luongo only having 2 years left in his contract, but I'm sure Nonis was about to make huge acquisitions this summer, as he had created enough cap room and had enough prospects in the system to do so. He had also built the team masterfully from the goaltending to the defence.
Remember what Nonis said after the season ended:
"We're going to be a team that actively pursues a number of player all over the lineup. We'll be very active in that area. We have significant amount of cap space."
"I wouldn't have any problem trading even a group of players in order to bring the right players in."
Vigneault merely mentioned at the same press conference that he wasn't sure as to what happened at the end of the year and that it would be looked into. Mum's the word. Nonis was ready to make some moves. And at least he had the balls to say what the hell went wrong and what he was going to do about it. Vigneault merely saved face. Almost like he knew somebody was going down, or that he even knew Nonis was going down. Who knows.
The next GM is walking into a team that is "good to go." Whoever it is, he had better make the right choices.
I just heard an interview with John Ferguson Jr about the possibility of him taking over the helm. OH GOD NO!!!! He said he would entertain talks about it but now isn't the right time.
Brian Burke has been completely ruled out. No shit!
Pat Quinn should not be an option either, as we should all know by now from when he was the Leafs GM, he likes to piss away draft picks.
So the search continues.
Dave Nonis will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM PST.

I say this with all sincerity: Dave Nonis, you did a fine job here in Vancouver and can leave bragging about the good position you have left this team in. Best of luck in your future plans. You won't be in the sidelines for long.
To all of you who bash the Canucks for playing BORING hockey: Bite me! It was still better than the Crawford years.

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At April 15, 2008 at 10:21 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right, Nonis had a plan and obviously it didn't jive with the new owners plans...simple. Nonis was not Aquilini's guy.

I'm ambivalent to the whole thing. when you go through the list you just posted, there is a whole lot of white, stale bread in that list. Number one is obviously the Luongo deal...number two is probably picking up Taylor Pyatt for a song. Other than that...just like the product on the ice...boring, boring, boring. So, what part of you am I supposed to bite??

I've got nothing against Nonis...but it is interesting to hear and see people freaking out about it (on both sides). The one thing is for certain...the new GM will probably want their own coach.

Look for Linden to have a role of some sort. I think he is the key to this. Hmmm...can you imagine what he would want to do to a coach that sat him 23 times last season??

At April 16, 2008 at 12:59 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

haha! Linden will be nothing more than an assistant coach or a scout. Aquilini is going to go with a bigger-name GM and I bet Viggy stays.
No doubt Nonis' plan didn't jive with Aquilini's. What a shame.

At April 16, 2008 at 9:32 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Signing Willie Mitchell as a Free Agent wasn't a stupid move, either. I'd put that move ahead of the Pyatt deal.

But there certainly is a whole lot of stale bread there.

At April 18, 2008 at 3:42 p.m. , Blogger RevTrevK said...

4 things that Nonis did well and the rest bombed. Personally I liked Nonis but looking at that list if he didn't make the Luongo trade happen he was a bad GM. But he DID move Bert (who is mediocre), Allen (who is average) and Auld (who is decent) for Luongo (a goalie stud), a decent dman, and a draft pick.

#1 move was the Luongo deal.
#2 was signing Willie "I might be the next Canuck captain" Mitchell
#3 was getting T.Pyatt from Buffalo.
#4 move was dealing Cloutier's salary and getting a pick in return.
oh yeah and #5 would be getting Shannon off Burke for Jason King.
Other than that he didn't do much except try and get Byron Ritchie and Brad Isbister to do something in Van. Didn't work.

At April 18, 2008 at 5:01 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Being strapped for cash for those few years, I can see why he gambled with some acquisitions. Easy for us to say that he bombed in hindsight. His real test would have come this summer.


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