This is my first posting although I've been a die-hard Canucks since the early 90's. I am so enraged with what Gillis has done to this team that i have to say something! I've followed every game through the decades and have seen all the ups and downs from the glory days when Bure and Mogilny were flying around the ice lighting up opposition goalies to the lean years of the late 90's, When Brian Burke took over, he rebuilt the whole team with toughness and grit, and when you think about it, the Canucks team that made it to the finals in 2011 was almost entirely built by Burke. In the past 3 years, Gillis has made one bonehead move after another. here's just a few examples: signing Luongo to a lifetime deal one month after he utterly choked in the series against Chicago(Luongo deserved a one way ticket out of Van.) Gillis had a chance to bring back Bertuzzi, a fan favourite-blew that one. Brendan Morrisson was literally begging to play here-Gillis refused and chose Peter Schaeffer(who was dropped a week into last season.) Gillis the signs Bieksa(imo one of the worst defencemen in the hisory of the Canucks) and gets rid of Ohlund(one of best in Canucks history) At one point just a few years ago the Canucks had an awesome defence that has now turned into the keystone cops with the likes of Bieksa and Alberts etc. The Canucks defence is the glaring weakness that has been exposed in the playoffs in recent years as well as secondary scoring. Gillis has done absolutely nothing to fix these issues and has in fact made the team weaker with his decisions. He gets rid of Sammuelsson who seemed to score huge goals and gets a pathetic loser in Booth. He lets Torres go-another fan favourite, doesn't even offer Byron Bitts a chance, lets Hodgson go, and I could go on! Gillis seems to have a profound dislike of any players over 30 or who have 1000+ games of NHL experience when that is exactly what the Canucks need! This is not the time to rebuild! I guess if as a fan you want to wait 20 years for another Cup run, then Gillis is the man. What the Canucks need is more veterans and more experience-not less. The Canucks these days resemble a minor league team. Can anyone name a single good player Gillis has bought in? He was extremely lucky the Sedins didn't test the open market. The only remotely positive thing he has done was to sign the Sedins, and that was just luck. It's time to start a petition to fire Gillis and bring back Burke. Ok, even if not Burke-anyone else! As a longtime Canucks fan, I'm extremely pissed off at what Gillis is doing to this team, and with him in charge, there may be many lean years ahead!
Players playing in 2011 Final not brought in by Burke:
- Roberto Luongo
- Cory Schneider
- Keith Ballard
- Chris Tanev
- Dan Hamhuis
- Christain Ehrhoff
- Andrew Alberts
- Aaron Rome
Hmm.. Entirely built by Burke huh? Looks like most the roster was Nonis or Gillis, oh and am I missing anyone?
Yes send your captain and best player packing because of one bad performance, what an outstanding decision that would have been, why don't go back in time and tell them to avoid this ghastly mistake.
Where would Morrison have played????
Daniel - Henrik - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Samuelsson
Torres - Malhotra - Hansen
We offered him a deal and he didn't want it, he wouldn't have out beaten any of those guys. And re-signing Bieksa was a terrible move right? He was only coming off a career season and a playoff in which he was one of our best players, but then again why re-sign him right??
Yes our defense that in 2010-11 consisted of:
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - Salo
Ballard - Ehrhoff
Is terrible as is our current defense which is:
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - Garrison
Ballard - Tanev
Your right I miss the glory days when our defense consisted of Lukas Krajicek and Aaron Miller as regulars.
Samulesson an older player who was an upcoming UFA for a younger player who brings a skillset we lacked and needed, yes terrible move.
Just like it was terrible not to re-sign Torres at over 2 Million, you do realize he wanted more than he was worth to us right?
Byron Bitz, I liked him, would rather him than Desbiens but not a huge lose
And Hodgson asking for a trade is definetly "letting Hodgson go"
... You do realize almost everything you said here is almost the exact opposite of reality.
Minor League Team? LOL just won back to back PT's and went to Game 7, I guess only minor league teams do that!
And how about Dan Hamhuis?? Jason Garrison?? Draftin Nick Jensen?? (That's still bringing in a player) Signing Chris Tanev, Signing Eddie Lack, Signing Mats Sundin, trading for Ehrhoff. Trading for Higgins, Trading for Lappierre.
Were these all bad moves aswell???
The fact you had the patience to answer this guys post is nothing short of amazing. +1
After reading his drivel I was ready to opt for some choice words and a ban.
I'm so tired of these people that live in the past. Burke was unsuccessful here. Morrison, Bertuzzi and Naslund couldn't even get close to achieving what our current club has. Linden, Bure and Mclean aren't coming back to resurrect the unlikely 94 run.
We have the best and most competitive team in our history with the greatest goalie in franchise history. Gillis and AV are highly responsible for building that. Had we been a bit healthier we would already have our first cup. I've watched this team since 1971 and I'll take the "gillis" years where the Cup was our objective over the 37 years before him when making the playoffs was a thrill.
If they bring Burke back I'll cash in my seasons' tickets.