RoyalDude wrote:Hey Puck Dynasty, this may come as a shock to you, your boi Gillis was just fired. Just after the entire GM Place crowd was chanting "FIRE GILLIS". It was so bad, your boi Gillis got up and left his box. You have to suck pretty massive for that to happen
So duh, the previous management to Gillis players - hank Sedin, dank Sedin, Luongo, Kesler, Burrows, Salo, Edler, Bieksa, Schneider, Hansen, Raymond in the prime of thèir careers had nothing to do with that cup run, or should I say played a lesser role than Gillis guys? Interesting
When Gillis was put to the test to fix things himself when the luxury of previous managements workings started going stale, he failed, he was found out, he was a sham, bottom line. Hello Benning!
I think you misunderstand, I was ready to see Gillis before the lockout. The team had just won a President's Trophy but they weren't looking nearly as sharp as they had the year prior. Then the Kings chased Vancouver in 5 games! Gillis then proceeded to bungle the goaltending situation that was created in that series. He was over valuing his players and stuck in the past. He should have been fired at that point and the team should have gone in a different direction coming out of the lockout. It didn't happen, c'est la vie.
My rebuttal to your "Jack Gordon" diatribe was simply to temper your perspective. Gillis was a good GM up until the trade deadline of 2012. He then got progressively worse with his moves and non-moves.
You claimed that Gillis inherited a team that was the "envy of the league" that boasted an "amazingly good crop of young players on the verge of their prime", you then compared that to "the shithole situation" that Gillis has left for Benning. This is simply not true.
The young talent that the Canucks had when Gillis took over was better in terms of who was already on the active roster. The Sedins were already in their prime, they were approaching 30 years old. Kesler, Bieksa, Edler, Raymond, and Hansen, were in their early to mid-twenties. Coming up behind them were Grabner and Schneider, but not much else. Gillis walked into a team that had a couple of "ready now" pieces in the Sedins and Luongo, and a handful of players who were "ready tomorrow". The farm was essentially an empty barnyard.
Benning has inherited some aging players, no question, but he has a much deeper prospect pool to work with, and some of them project very nicely.
As far as the core and initial roster are concerned Gillis started strong, and he was dealt a good hand, he ran with it for a while but he stayed when he should have folded and he finished badly.