Change is coming for Canucks, says GM

Jeff Gross

After a disappointing end to 2013, general manager Mike Gillis says change is coming for Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis met with the media for his end-of-season press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Considering how disappointing the end of the Canucks' season was, many have speculated that changes are coming for the franchise. Gillis confirmed those suspicions during his availability.

The team's general manager was emphatic that he believes the franchise needs to make alterations in order to become younger and tougher. In addition, Gillis believes management needs to supplement the core members of the team's roster. He specifically mentioned players like Chris Tanev, Jannik Hansen, Ryan Kesler, Zack Kassian, as well as Daniel and Henrik Sedin as the members he viewed as the core.

However, Gillis was unsure how, when and where these changes would come. He believes they will become more clear as the summer unfolds and admitted difficult decisions will be coming.

A difficult decision Gillis is confident about is Roberto Luongo's future with the team. Stating that he anticipates the landscape will be far different this summer than it was at the trade deadline, Gillis believes it's highly unlikely that Luongo will be with the team at the start of next season.

In terms of potential buyouts, Gillis hasn't decided if he plans to use either of the compliance buyouts he is afforded as part of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Gillis will meet with team owner Francesco Aquilini sometime over the coming week in order to evaluate all areas of the operation. The meeting will include Aquillini's father and two brothers, as well as Gillis' support staff. Gillis stated that everyone will be discussed, including himself and head coach Alain Vigneault. In addition, no decision will be made without the consent of Aquillini.

Gillis praised Vigneault's talent as a coach but was unable to state whether he would be retained as coach next season.

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