This is what I don't get - RD says big deal, Gillis inherited the core, but Nonis had the same core and missed the playoffs 2 out of 3 years. Gillis has won the President's Trophy 2/4 years and gotten more playoff wins than Burke/Nonis combined in over 10 years.
When I think of the Nonis years, I think of Brad Isbister being slotted in on the first line. I thought Nonis was terrible at identifying team needs and evaluating players to fit those needs. Nonis built a team of 2 first-liners and a slew of 3rd/4th liners, whereas Gillis has built a team of 3 first liners and a slew of 2nd/3rd liners.
Dude, think outside your Gillis Loving Box for Fuck Sakes. Nonis did not get the chance to see the core of this team, the only players that fucking count, hit their prime, ie The Sedins, Kesler, Luongo, Burrows, Bieksa his own draft picks, ie Grabner, Raymond, Schneider, Elder, Hansen. I'd throw in Bourdon but we know that story.
Gillis was the definite benefactor of seeing the core of this team hit prime time of their careers, ie the 2007-08 season. Too bad for Nonis. When Nonis took over in 2004, Kesler was drafted the previous summer in 2003, the kid was nowhere near the player he is now under the Nonis era, cause duh, he was still fucking green and sucking on Moms tit. Same can be said about Burrows as well. I mean, were the Sedins ready to win the Scoring Title and MVP honors of the NHL under Nonis? Fuck no, they were still developing. Gillis again, benefitting from good fucking timing. As for the supporting players, ie 3rd and 4th line, 5th and 6th defenseman, they do not make this team, fucking interchangeable, there are a million Higgins, Lappieres, Malhotras, Pahlssons, Romes, Alberts, Weises, Booths out there, they litter the hockey Landscape. The only players that fucking count on this team are the core that I mention above. the only addition to that core by Gillis is Hamhius, wow, a hard signing, Danny was pretty much begging to come back home to BC. Hamhius and Tanev are really, the only two additons I like of his to this team. Too bad numb nuts had to trade a big chunk of our futures for Ballard prior to signing Hamhius. But hey, every team could use a 6th, 7th defenseman making 4.2 million a year. I won't even bother about the dumb blonde - Booth, you all know how I feel about him.
There is no arguing that Nonis draft record in 3 years as GM of the Canucks puts Gillis draft record of 4 years to date as GM of the Canucks to fucking shame. I can only imagine how good Bourdon was gonna be. Not a bad record at the draft table by Nonis in only 3 years as a GM, fucking hell, Schneider and Edler??? one a late first round pick the other a 2nd round pick? No excuses for Gillis sucking, he's been picking in the same ball park as Nonis did with those two.
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