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Nice summary. Ironically, this just highlights how little he has done here these past five years and I don't say that as a criticism. He inherited a team with a world-class core of players who found their full potential with him and had loyalty to the organization that allowed him to sign them to generally very friendly deals. Overall in this, he has done okay with some good and some bad signings, trades and drafts.

That being said, we now find ourselves finally at a point where he has to make some moves not only to the supporting cast, but potentially parts of the core itself. This makes this offseason by far the most important of his tenure as GM.

If his tenure were a university class, the first 5 seasons would be worth 60% and this off-season weighted 40% - with the ability to make or break his legacy.

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To be noted at the Gala Press Conference today was when Gillis replied that he ran everything he did over with Aquilini.

So,Aquilini the owner has Mike Gillis the puppet GM.

So,the review will go like this:

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes,Francesco.

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The guy's given up 2nd and 3rd round picks like there's no tomorrow and that too for average players. Makes you wonder, can he not atleast get that for Keith Ballard? Also it's funny how he pretty much criticized Nonis' drafting by saying ther cupboard was bare in terms of prospects, while in 5 years, MG hasn't done a whole lot better himself

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The guy's given up 2nd and 3rd round picks like there's no tomorrow and that too for average players. Makes you wonder, can he not atleast get that for Keith Ballard? Also it's funny how he pretty much criticized Nonis' drafting by saying ther cupboard was bare in terms of prospects, while in 5 years, MG hasn't done a whole lot better himself

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Mike Gillis is the best GM that this franchise has ever had the fortune to lead them.

5 for 5 playoff record.

Awards on top of awards on top of awards accumulated by the team.

GM of the Year award.

A much improved schedule since Mike Gillis has taken over.

Brought in Sundin to mentor Kesler, Burrows and the Sedins in critical points of their development.

Showed great foresight in offering David Backes an offer sheet when nobody knew who the hell he was.

Flipped a head-case for a younger PF.

Luongo only wanted to go to Florida at the beginning, so as you know hands were tied. Luongo rejected a trade to Toronto. Luongo better be ready to go anywhere now or else he'll be waived, end of story.

Vision is to support the core by adding specific pieces that we feel meets the current NHL landscape.

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Looking at the overall picture, I think Gillis should be given a chance to right the ship for at least another year or two.

But yikes, basically gave up Grabner, Bernier, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Keith Ballard and it will likely be all that for nothing with a likely buyout.

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Pretty good summary of Gillis' work so far. However I don't think the Aquilini's will be as worried about the past as they are about the present and the future. Gillis has to prove that he is willing and able to do what it takes to put the team in the best position going forward.

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The Iffy:

- Trading Luongo instead of Schneider

I STILL believe we could get a lot more for Schneider than for Luongo, and Luongo + Current Team + Return for Schneider > Schneider + Current Team + Return for Luongo. However, the only reason this is "iffy" is because we have yet to see what exactly the return for Roberto is.

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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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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

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BAD:

Not trading for Turris when we had a chance to. Everyone here called him a cry baby because Gretzky wouldn't let him play and he asked for a trade out of Phoenix. Look at him in Ottawa now carrying the load without Spezza.

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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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On paper, we had a very good shot. Considering we didn't have Kesler or any legit 2nd line centre for much of the year and still won the division.

Thats why this sweep is even more inexplicable.

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