Gillis alluded to the Canuck culture and the willingness of Garrison to take less than market to fit into the pay structure around the Bieksa, Hamhuis and Ballard contracts. That speaks volumes about Garrison but also points out what Gillis is faced with when looking at new signings. The only concession appears to be contract length at six years. This signing reconfirms the player attitude about winning and giving the GM the latitude to make it happen.
I agree. Unfortunately, Gillis does not always have the final say when making those deals. The Canucks cannot afford what Parise and Sutor are demanding; let's agree that is only common sense.
How bold is "bold" as you put it. I suggest the GM disadvantages the team's future by getting involved in the long term contracts that are negotiated. Unfortunately ownership is partly responsible for allowing players to dictate towards that trend. The Canucks tried to get Schultz. It is obvious he did not want to come to Vancouver. How many moves has Gillis tried to work out? We as fans do not really know what efforts he has made to try to make the team better. There just might not be any bold moves out there to be had at this time however that certainly does not mean he is not trying to make that "bold" move as you put it.
IMHO I believe Gillis is trying to get Nash to play with the twins, In addition, a reasonable 3rd line center and another depth defenseman is on his list and I'll bet he is using Luongo to figure into that deal.
Yesterday was tougher on the fans than those who were on the phones I suspect. You mentioned overpayment which IMO the Salo deal was, as was Ohlund. I don't think TB could argue that they got value from the Ohlund contract. For those that felt Salo was done dirty by MG. Consider the patience this org extended thru the seasons where he sat injured. Another issue that Gillis is faced with is a possible CAP reduction. The owners want the NHLPA share of revenues to go down from 57% to 52%. That will be a substantial hit as I cannot see Bettman being able to continue growing revenue at the rate he has over the past 5 years.
Nash would be an unbelievable acquistion but would require a multi-player deal with Lou as the focal point. I can see him now with the Twins on the PP! Sign him and Van can afford to try Schroeder at center and fall back on Manny and Lapierre.