I missed the press conference can somone post it
Anyhoo...just watched about 25 minutes of the whole Gillis presser, here are some key points/answers:
-Today he will be meeting with ownership to discuss his own future, and then all folks involved, today will also be the exit meetings with players.
-Hinted that AV will still be at the helm, indicated you dont make changes with the Canuck's most decorated coach because of early playoff exit just for the sake of it.
-Made a few references about his GM peers being envious of the Canucks position as an organization. Points of envy were our goalie tandem and coaching.
-Is behind Mason Raymond. Developing him out of his bad season to get stronger from injury during off season.
-Under no uncertain terms, finally admitted that CoHo wanted out, but did not indicate at which point in time. The way he was deployed was all by design. And he would do the trade all over again. Had offers for a time, but the Kassian offer was one that was presented first.
-Wants to complement the core with youth and size and grandfather the younger prospects (according to plans) into the team.
Namechecked Sweatt, Rodin, Jensen,Gragnani, Tanev, Lack,Schroeder, Connauton, Kassian as players he feels can make a big push next year. Thinks Rodin is the most dynamic of the bunch but suspects he may need one more year. They will be working closely with Lack to work on some areas.
-Schnieds was used all by design to gauge how he handles pressure, but still indicated at retaining a goalie tandem.
-Dissed the media by letting them know that they are approaching this presser as if they are the Blue Jackets.
-Believes the current state of Hockey, and this team, must be about offence. If not "you might as well change the name to Goalie."
Is as suprised that a lauded collection of offensively gifted teams have been bounced in the first round, but maintained his belief in offence.
-Echoed what Hank said about crapping the bed in the first 2 home games and the difficulty of coming back.
-Said players all have ups and downs in careers. Hinted that Kesler has been injured for quite some time.
-Claimed that Jason Botchford is a hack and he wants to punch his stupid hockey-mindless head off his chubby neck.