On Monday night, the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from 2014 playoff contention. Their fans chanted "Fire Gillis!" Not even 24 hours later, their wishes have come true.
General manager Mike Gillis has been fired by the team.
"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 team chairman Francesco Aquilini. "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."
No replacement has been named, and head coach John Tortorella still has his job. For now. TSN reported earlier Tuesday that Trevor Linden could possibly come in and take over duties as team president, a title previously held by Gillis.
One scenario, as yet UNCONFIRMED, is GM Mike Gillis would be fired, Linden would hire new GM and new GM would sort out future of Tortorella.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 8, 2014
In the meantime, the Canucks will skate into the offseason without a playoff appearance for the first time since 2007-08, and just the third time since 1999-00.
Gillis took over as general manager in 2008 after the Canucks fired Dave Nonis, now the GM of the Maple Leafs. The team had plenty of success with him at the helm, including back-to-back Presidents' Trophy wins in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and they of course came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup in 2011.
But there have been many question marks. His handling of the goalie situation between Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo and his eventual trade of both players sits at the top of the list, but the questionable decision to hire a fiery coach in Tortorella and the ultimate inability of his veteran team to get over the Cup hump contributed to his demise.
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