BurningBeard wrote:mathonwy wrote:Mike inherited a team that was on the cusp of greatness and frankly, it would have taken an idiot to really screw up the 2007/08 Canucks. Kesler, Burr, Sedins, Bieksa, Luo, Edler were all already on the team when Gillis took it over so he was primed for success.
While I do not disagree with you, it should be pointed out that nobody thought this at the time. Gillis was hired, and shortly thereafter Naslund and Morrison were cut loose, Bourdon got himself killed, and it was expected by many that AV would get the axe as well. Many would say the 2007/08 Canucks were already pretty screwed up, but nobody properly evaluated what they already had on the roster. At that time, there was also a lot of speculation that Gillis would trade the Sedins.
When Mike Gillis took over, he made all of the right decisions to release those he released and sign those that he signed and those decisions were based on his experience as a player agent since 1990 (almost 20 years).
When you have 20 years in the business (and a law degree to boot), you learn a thing or two.
Linden on the other hand, has nothing to draw from. Yes, he had a good career as a player but that's an extremely small part of running a hockey team. Honesty and being a good guy does not equate success.