For those wondering if Gillis is feverishly trying to make a deal for a top 6 power forward...http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=374962
"We think we have a really strong team," Gillis said Thursday. "We don't really see a tremendous weakness.
"Of course there are certain players that you would love to have that are on other teams and (you) think they would fit in well here. They are impossible to get at this point. We are really confident in the group we have."
Gillis remains open to any deals that might come along.
"If something comes our way between now and the start of the season we are going to act upon it," he said. "You can't manufacture it.
"It's either there or not there."
Boston pushed Vancouver around in the final. The Bruins were the school yard bully while the Canucks were the A student having their lunch money robbed.
Gillis isn't prone to rash moves. He's analytical in his approach to making his team better, whether it's finding the right third-line centre or hiring a sleep doctor to determine the best travel arrangements.
That's why Gillis dismisses suggestions the Canucks need more grit in their lineup. Maybe a big, powerful forward
that can bring a physical presence.
"We played the best teams in the league through the playoffs," said Gillis, who was named the NHL's top executive last season. "No one suggested we needed to have a different look.
"We got into a series with Boston. You can debate as long as you want. They were the better team. We had a lot of injuries and were unable to respond to certain situations."
Alrighty, then. Same "soft" top 6 approach (excluding Kesler), I guess.
I wasn't happy when Gillis signed Sturm - not because Sturm can't be a decent player, but because Vancouver already has Burrows, Samuelsson, Raymond, and even Hansen who all fill a similar role. They don't need more of the same - instead they need a Dustin Brown, David Backes type.