I like how you ridicule on one hand and how you graciously ignore on the other hand. There's that close mindedness again we all know and love (with a teeny bit of arrogance thrown in)
You can't and I can't definitively say Mike Gillis does or doesn't have what it takes to make a major move at the draft. We only have his body of work to make our observations off of. Based on my personal observations, I don't think he's got what it takes.
Gillis's handling of Luo's situation was beyond ludacris. Gave Luo a sneaky contract that ultimately handcuffed us. He couldn't trade Luo because of whatever. There were many rumors but nothing happened. And then Gillis did something noone expected and traded Schneid and made Luo the starter again. This is after pissing in Luo's face for 3/4s of a season by making him a back up.
GOOD WORK GILLIS
Also, giving Gillis credit for the Luo trade is goofy.http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Anatomy+Canucks+Roberto+Luongo+trade+Florida+with+video/9583787/story.html
Gillis wasn't going to trade Luo at the deadline. It was Torts that forced the issue and it was Brisson that picked up the phone (LIKE I SAID).
Let's look at Gillis's trade history
Fail. Steve "Hands of Stone" Bernier.
Meh. Babs was a good stop gap measure I guess.
Since Alberts is still with the Canucks, I guess it's ok?
Fail. Quinten Howden looks like a great hockey player in the making.
Obviously Higgins is a crucial part of our team right now and Lappy played a big role in our cup run. However, these were both low risk trades as both Higgins and Lappy were well travelled journeymen by that point of time.
Getting something for a pending UFA is always good.
Booth is a fail. Even though we didn't give up anything of significant, Booth's cap hit still hurts.
Kassian for Hodgson...I personally think Kassian is a very stupid hockey player and would way rather have stumpy on the team.
That's a lot to give up for NOTHING.
KConn has played 34 games for the Stars this season logging an average of 15:06 of ice time.
And a second round draft pick....
From a trade perspective, Gillis has lost way more than he has won.
The Hodgson trade wasn't made under good pretenses as the situation was toxic and adversarial. And what we got back was a hockey player with a child's brain in a man's body.
The Luo / Schneid / Winter Classic / Florida situation was just foobared.
Gillis was holding the shinest trade chip at this past deadline but couldn't make it work because everyone was lowballing him.
And people still trust him to make trades this coming summer.
I trust him to sign and to resign players. Beyond that, fuggedaboutit.