This thread is very selective of MG's mistakes. Need I remind you of our other option in Dave Nonis, which in 2007-2008 landed our biggest summer signing in Brad Isbister, and that massive deadline deal for Matt Pettinger.
Gillis has made mistakes sure, but he's done a lot right. This 'culture of winning' as he calls it, bringing in sleep doctors, having an internal cap structure, on top of all that he never fails to disappoint come July 1st - always signing someone, and even the trade deadline you can get excited about as well. I'm a more avid fan because of Gillis.
Look, the Canucks have made a major leap forward with MG. Overall grade has to be a B, would have been an A for his effort through to our SCF visit. It has regressed since. Too many moves which score asset's which are valuable, but do not fill all roles we require.
We were near perfectly
balanced in 2010 / 11 but still got exposed in size mis matches. And we are even smaller now. There are a lot more mis matches an opposing coach can target.
MG has been busy acquiring BPA's (Booth, Kassian, Gaunce, Jensen, notably Garrison who is a score). Booth is obviously better than letting Samuelsson walk for nothing. But with Samuelsson gone currently Kassian and Hansen are our top two natural right wings, which is a MAJOR problem and we have no secondary play maker. We need more size on 3 lines plus on D, another right handed D shot and one (hopefully all in one acquisition) that can carry the puck up ice. We have been re-stocking versus icing a team that has all components it needs.
For all our talent we need some
re shuffling. We have excess assets at LW, left D and goalie to work with. It's time for MG to convert Lou plus another significant trade to convert some of those BPA's into working parts.
Exactly, what Gillis lacks in drafting (which I don't think is even that bad), he makes up for in his ability to sign free agents. And he usually signs them below market value.
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 22 December 2012 - 11:43 AM.