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Canucks GM Gillis ready to make changes after playoff exit

TSN.ca Staff

5/9/2013 5:13:05 PM

As the Vancouver Canucks cleaned out their lockers and met with the media on Thursday following their four-game, first round exit from the playoffs at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, general Manager Mike Gillis said he is ready to make major adjustments to his roster.

"We're going to do a thorough review of everything in the organization. Five years ago we reset. It's time to do it again," said Gillis as he answered questions on lineup changes and head coach Alain Vigneault's future. "There are a couple of significant changes we need to make to get players we need to compete."

When asked if goaltender Roberto Luongo would be a member of the team next season, Gillis said it would be, "unlikely."

As far as other changes are concerned, Gillis is already aware of the direction he needs to take his roster moves.

"If you take Cory as a No. 1 goaltender, he's at the prime of his career; our defence is at their prime," said Gillis. "We need to get younger.

"We've tried offer sheets and trades at deadline. We're going to have to find a bold move." 

Luongo started the first two games of the series in place of injured keeper Cory Schneider and believes that his time as the No. 1 choice for the Canucks is over.

"What's happened over the last two years suggests that maybe it's not my time to be the starter here anymore," said Luongo on Thursday.
 
Luongo added that Schneider was hard pressed to find success trying to get back into the flow of the series after missing the opening games.

"Cory was put in a tough spot being asked to play without much practice time after his groin injury," said Luongo.

As for his future, Luongo knows he might have to move to another team to get his opportunity. "I still have a lot to give. If it's here or elsewhere, that remains to be seen," he said.

Luongo does, however, think his place is on the ice and not on the bench.

"My main goal is to be a starter, I want to play, he said. "At the end of the day, that's what I want."

Schneider, for his part, took some of the blame for the two games the team lost while he was in net. "I didn't get the job done," he said. "I didn't play well enough."

Schneider also confirmed that it was a groin injury that forced him out of the first two games of the series.