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Gillis is reaching out to CDC to compile his internal review for him. The Aquilinis want to know everything he's done, the good and the bad.

I'll start with some, you may add on as there is a lot more, but this is what I can remember. Also I do not guarantee everything's 100% so if anything's wrong let me know.

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General Manager, Mike Gillis

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Achievements

-5 North West Division Titles

-2 Presidents Trophys

-Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals appearance

-GM of the Year award.

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Trades:

The Good

-Higgins for Evan Oberg and a third round draft pick.

-Lapierre for Joel Perrault and a third rounder.

Both are great pickups fot the Canucks and were key pieces in our SC runs and regular season success.

-Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich for Daniel Rahimi and Patrick White.

While a cap dump by the Sharks, proved to be an amazing trade for us.

The Bad:

-Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani for Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer.

Say all you want, but to THIS DAY, this trade is a major flop. Kassian is not NHL ready. Hodgson finished second in Sabres scoring, Sulzer has proven to be a pretty decent defensemen for the Sabres as well. Gragnani? Where exactly is he now?

-Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich for the 25th overall pick, Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier.

Need we say more? Michael Grabner broke out into a 34 goal scorer, and an impressive 16 this year, 3 more than anybody on our team. Keith Ballard however? Sitting in the press box due to the stupidity of management and coaching staff and their personal issue with Ballard. The 25th pick Quinton Howden is looking to be a solid prospect.

-Steve Bernier for a 2nd and 3rd round pick.

Another "next Bertuzzi" experiment

The Iffy:

-David Booth, Steven Reinprecht, and a third-round pick for Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson.

Booth has been an injury proned flop with a $4 million dollar cap hit. Samuelsson and Sturm had limited impact in Florida.

-Derek Roy for Kevin Connaunton and a 2nd round pick.

Connaunton has looked good in the AHL, having success right now in the playoffs, could be in the NHL even next season and is used on the PP teams. It was clear to myself that Roy would have no desire to return following his HNIC interview, and he did not show for players interviews so it just adds on to the belief. The second round pick could always prove to be something decent as well.

Iffy because well we had to fill that hole and push for the playoffs, but we are constantly shelling out our weak farm to do so. Would not of had this problem if we didn't trade Hodgson.

-Cory Schneider for the 9th overall pick in 2013 (NJD).

Iffy due to the fact that we got very little in return, but that one pick may make it up.

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Signings/Releases:

The Good

-Henrik and Daniel Sedin

Although last minute be it, nearly losing the Sedins to free agency, he got it done.

-Raffi Torres

No more needs to be said, HUGE part of our SC run.

-Dan Hamhuis

Took a million or so less to sign here with the Canucks.

-Chris Tanev

Great find and pick up by the Canucks!

-Pavol Demitra

Had a bunch of success in his first year, injury problems in his second. RIP bud.

-Kyle Wellwood

Again, a great and under appreciated player for the Canucks.

-Alex Burrows

Had that great initial contract, followed up by a slight raise, but fair.

-Ryan Kesler

Was a price we had to pay for a Selke nominee, and well worth it when healthy.

-Jason Garrison

Proven to be one of our better dmen this season, just started off slow.

-Mats Sundin

Players have praised him for helping them grow and become the players they are,

-Christopher Higgins exenstion

Great cap hit for a good top 6/9 player.

-Manny Malholtra

Amazing signing, what a leader, and what a help for the locker room and the success of others around him. Manny made a huge positive impact on the organization and city.

The Bad

-Roberto Luongo to a 12 year deal

Gives Luongo the 12 year contract, makes Luongo captain, and then it all comes to bite him in his fat ...

-Marco Sturm

HORRIBLE project

-Mathieu Schnieder

Another garbage project

-Letting go Raffi Torres

Torres left because he wanted more than a 1 year tryout, in which he rightfully deserved and earned.

-Letting go of Wille Mitchell

Sure he had some concussion problems, but a stud top shut down defensemen who could go toe to toe with the biggest and bad-est of the other team.

-Letting go Christian Ehrhoff

Our PP has never looked the same, and the Sedins certainly have missed his presence on the blue line. With nobody to fill his hole there is no wonder why we are suffering.

-Letting go Sami Salo

Again, huge loss for special teams, the good old reliable Sami (maybe not injury wise, but a stud on D)

The iffy:

-Kevin Bieksa extension

-Edler extension

With both being locked up for some time, it could come to bite us, or it could work out. Thus being on the iffy.

-Letting go of Naslund

Gillis wanted to take the organization in a different direction and didn't offer Naslund a contract. Arguments can be made for both sides.

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Goaltending saga, thats on its own level of horrible. He really couldn't of handled it worse. Way to lose all, creditability.

Drafting: I'll leave to someone who follows our prospects a bit more.

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Our drafting:

The Goods:

He picked Hodgson, Jensen was a steal, Corrado is a steal, most of the 09 draft is with the team whether minors or not.

The Bads:

The 2010 Draft was a total flop, we traded Hodgson making the 08 draft look like a flop, Schroeder has under achieved so far (though he looked good this year) and we traded Connauton.

The Ifs:

The 2012 draft could go either way, depending on how our prospects pan out. Same for the 2011 draft. Sauve is a big if too, he'll either make it or break it.

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Plus a good trade and re-signing: Andrew Alberts.

Believe it or not, he was absolutely hated when he first came here. That LA series in which after one game the Kings were so sure AA won't be dressing next game cuz he was so terrible they left him off of their game plan against us.

Now, he is a good 5th/6th defenseman.

Good signing - Aaron Rome. He was steady and was an integral part of our defense in our Cup run.

Good not resigning him as well. He is not 1.5M worthy as Dallas thinks he is.

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The Bad

dont forget giving every player a NTC (granted they take a supposed pay cut)

the handling of the Schneider Contract - extended him before the luongo contract was moved. (he still had a year to go)

burning frank corrado 1st year - he wasnt going to make or break this playoff run.

Dont get me wrong he has done some good, but most of the good he inherited

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Our drafting:

The Goods:

He picked Hodgson, Jensen was a steal, Corrado is a steal, most of the 09 draft is with the team whether minors or not.

The Bads:

The 2010 Draft was a total flop, we traded Hodgson making the 08 draft look like a flop, Schroeder has under achieved so far (though he looked good this year) and we traded Connauton.

The Ifs:

The 2012 draft could go either way, depending on how our prospects pan out. Same for the 2011 draft. Sauve is a big if too, he'll either make it or break it.

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The letting go of Christian Ehrhoff belongs in the "Good" category. He was/is a defensive nightmare and since this team hardly ever sees PP time, keeping him to be used as a PP QB wouldn't have mattered anyways.

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That press conference was exactly what we expected from Gillis; nothing. It leaves very little hope for us fans. Maybe the owners will realize nothing short of Gillis being fired is what is needed. Gillis sounds the like the same status quo although he said changes are needed but they have to identify problem areas. Heck he is a big part of the problem and the coaches and scouts are too. If the owners don't let them all go and get some real hockey people in this team will spend another lifetime in mediocrity. Gillis actually made lame excuses, can you believe it. The lockout etc.

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Say what you want about the Roy trade. At the time, our 2nd line center was between Ebbett and Schroeder. He also gave us centre-depth that we lacked in the playoffs against LA, like it or not.

Hindsight is always 20/20. He didn't exactly pan out, but coming into Vancouver, he was .75P/G player with several 70/80 point seasons of experience. It seemed necessary if you were a part of a team that wanted to actually win some games.

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Good OP.

The Canucks have had a good run the last 5 years -- at least up until the 4-game sweep that just happened.

What is the reason for that good performance? Great coaching? Great GM?

My theory is as follows. Basically the Canucks have been a pretty ordinary team with a pretty ordinary coach and a GM with a pretty ordinary record, except for three things:

1. The Canuck had the good fortune to have the unique talent fo the Sedins. The never get injured, are extremely consistent and very good, are very low maintenance and are basically self-coached. And they were a great bargain at their cap hit.

2. The Canucks have also had great goaltending, mostly from Luongo, but Schneider has also been great.

3. The owners have spent more money than any other owners in the NHL over the past 5 years, not in just salaries, but in all kinds of other support as well.

The Canucks have had other good players but they are all good in a routine sort of way. The talent that has lifted the Canucks to the top has been the Sedins and Luongo (and Schneider).

AV and MG have ridden their coattails.

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I personally would like to see MG get this summer to prove his worth. He has never really had a need to make any big changes in his tenure here so far, just kept the core together and added complimentary pieces.

now he has his work cut out for him, it would be interesting to see what he does, and if he learns from his past mistakes.

if MG does not make any moves of significance by October/November he should be let go and give another gm enough time before the deadline to make his own moves.

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