bigbadcanucks Posted September 29, 2015 Share Posted September 29, 2015 I liked Mike Gillis as a GM. He did a lot of good things for the organization, and obviously he made some decisions that hurt the organization. There are many things that occur behind the scenes that we as fans don't know, of which the major one for me is just how much ownership curtailed the strategic road map that Gillis had for the organization. There's a rumor that Gillis wanted to blow it all up after 2011 and start re-building (I believe re-tooling is what he called it after 2012), which in hindsight would have been the right thing to do, but apparently this was rejected by the Aquilinis (this is a rumor, and I can't substantiate it, other than to say that seeing how things ended between Gillis and Franco, there's reason to believe that there is truth to it). IMO, Gillis fell out of favor because of he became a miserable SOB with the media and that hurt the team's marketability. He treated the media with disdain and was condescending and insulting to them (essentially calling Bob Marjonovic a hog at the trough). IMO, he was the fall guy for the goaltending mess (pre and post Schneider) and the Tortorella debacle. But for the most part, Gillis did more good for the organization than bad. Gillis put the team in cap purgatory, but when Benning was able to get some reprieve from it, he threw the team right back into it. If Gillis had a guy like Benning as his 2IC, instead of Eric Crawford or Ron Delorme or Thomas Gradin or Lorne Henning any of the other failures of hockey ops guys, I think the Canucks would be in a solid position to contend right now. I like Benning, but after 16 months, he strikes me as a guy who's lacking a little something to be the top dog in the hockey ops kennel. He can thank Gillis for Gaunce, Cassels, Horvat, Kenins, Tanev, Subban, Hutton, Markstrom, Shinkaruk, etc. At the very least, Gillis did not leave the cupboard bear when he left the organization. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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