Bottom line on Gillis. There isn't one impact scoring forward on the Canucks that he has brought in. Not one! Higgins is the closest and that is sad.
I don't think he "gets" trading at all. That is why he constantly goes for "bargain basement, project, rehab types." He has never brought a player here in the last 3 years who other teams would fight over. How many GM's have that on their CV?
For me he doesn't realise that building a SC winning team is like playing chess, the more moves ahead you can think the better. He is not, as I've said pro-active and so he just waits for situations to hit him in the face and then he reacts. Often badly.
Sammy's injury, Sturm blowing out completely (jeez what were his scouts thinking there?) Erhoff, Hodgson, Luongo, Manny, Volpatti.
He says his philosophy is "don't sweat the small things." Well frankly that is all he ever seems to do, sweat the small things. He thinks "SMALL" and doesn't seem to have any imagination or confidence in building a trade.
Trading is also often about what your scouts see that the other guys scouts don't. Here lies one of MG's biggest problems for me. I think his scouts suck. I also think he has lost confidence in them.........and who wouldn't after some of the shockers we have had. If he wants to keep his job maybe he should start looking for some new ones.
Gillis whole philosophy here seems flawed. The Vancouver fans are at the stage where they honestly couldn't give a damn about the PT or entertainment. They would imo have swapped it all for a run like LA had last year and it's time he realised it.