RoyalDude wrote:BLAME AV, BLAME AV, BLAME AV
Not entirely. The players weren't engaged at all tonight, but he deserves a good chunk of it. The team hasn't exactly been flying lately. 6 wins on the back of the goaltender. No offense yet. Nothing new. The PP still sucks. The PK is meh. A lot of this falls on the coach.
Gillis gets some blame for a few things. There may or may not have been some worthwhile trades out there that he has thumbed his nose at because he thinks he can get more for Louie. But he certainly could have replaced the coach, and as much as you fault him for lack of player acquisition and movement, he has had the same period of time to assess the coaching and watch the complete ineffectiveness of the offense and PP, both of which have steadily declined since 2011.
So I agree with you that Gillis is dropping the ball right now, but for different reasons. I'm giving him until the draft. If he doesn't do something phenomenal, then I think Gillis and Vigneault both need to go find jobs elsewhere.
If he turns Luongo into a top 3 draft pick.....I'll be very happy. I don't care if that happens at the deadline or on draft day, if he does that then he has the summer to tinker and get things managed cap-wise for next year. But this coach, as good as he's been, needs to go find somewhere else to ply his trade.