Canucks relieve Gillis of president and GM duties

TSN.ca Staff
4/8/2014 4:38:57 PM
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Mike Gillis is out as the president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.

After helping the Canucks to five straight Northwest Division titles, Gillis saw the team miss the playoffs this season for the first time in six years.

TSN's Farhan Lalji has been told that Trevor Linden will be named the Canucks' president on Wednesday. Lalji also added via Twitter that, "I'm also told there is a buyout provision in Gillis' contract whereby the Canucks only need to pay half of the $8 million remaining on his deal." He added that there is a similar provision in head coach John Tortorella's deal if he also gets let go at some point.

Canucks chairman and governor Francesco Aquilini will discuss the move further in a news conference that can be seen live on TSN2, TSN.ca and TSN GO on Wednesday at 1:30pm et/10:30am pt.

"On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure," said Aquilini in a statement on Tuesday. "The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike's leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.

"I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season. We haven't met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal."

After losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, the Canucks have won only one playoff game in the two following postseasons.

The Canucks' 2013 playoff exit led to the firing of head coach Alain Vigneault and the signing of former New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella to a five-year contract.

Gillis has very publicly been dealing with his goaltending situation in recent years. Cory Schneider was named the starting goalie going into the 2012-13 season after the team was unable to trade Roberto Luongo and his long-term contract. Schneider, however, was traded to the New Jersey Devils at the 2013 NHL Draft, putting Luongo back in the starter's role for the 2013-14 season.

But the struggling Canucks would finally deal Luongo prior to this season's Mar. 5 trade deadline, sending the 35-year-old back to the Florida Panthers and leaving unproven Eddie Lack as the starting goaltender down the stretch.

Gillis received the General Manager of the Year Award in 2011 after the team set a franchise record with 117 points in the regular season and won the Clarence Campbell Bowl as the Western Conference Champions.

After a 2011-12 season that saw the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks upset by the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Gillis was signed to a contract extension.

Mike Gillis (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)

Mike Gillis Fact Sheet

Hired: April 23, 2008

10th GM in Canucks History

Promoted to President/GM in 2009

1st Round Picks

2013 - Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk

2012 - Brendan Gaunce

2011 - Nicklas Jensen

2010 - None

2009 - Jordan Schroeder

2008 - Cody Hodgson

Notable Trades:

28-Aug-09: Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich from San Jose in exchange for Daniel Rahimi and Patrick White

25-Jun-10: Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich from Florida in exchange for the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier

22-Oct-11: David Booth, Steve Reinprecht and a 3rd round draft pick in 2013 from Florida in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm

27-Feb-12: Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani from Buffalo in exchange for Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer.

2-Apr-13: Derek Roy from Dallas in exchange for Kevin Connauton and a 2013 2nd round draft selection.

30-Jun-13: 2013 1st round draft pick (Bo Horvat) from New Jersey in exchange for Cory Schneider.

4-Mar-14: Acquire Jacob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias from Florida for Roberto Luongo, Steven Anthony.


May 2008 - Signed Alain Vigneault to an extension through 2008-09

Sept 2009 - Signed Alain Vigneault to an extension through 2012-13

May 2012 - Signed Alain Vigneault to a 2-year extension

May 2013 - Fired Alain Vigneault

June 2013 - Hired John Tortorella, 5-year contract

Notable Signings:

2008 - Pavol Demitra: 2 years, Mats Sundin: 1 year

2009 - Alex Burrows: 4-year extension, Sedins: 5 year-extensions, Mikael Samuelsson: 3 years, Roberto Luongo: 12-year extension

2010 - Ryan Kesler: 6-year extension, Dan Hamhuis: 6 years

2011 - Kevin Bieksa: 5-year extension

2012 - Cory Schneider: 3-year extension, Jason Garrison: 6 years, Alex Burrows: 4-year extension

2013 - Alex Edler: 6-year extension, Chris Higgins: 4-year extension, Sedins: 4-year extensions

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