Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/3/14
Turns out this Vancouver Canucks’ season, a clinical study in disorder and diminishing returns, was actually an 82-game excuse for GM Mike Gillis to insert his thumbs in his ears, give his owner and his coach a wet raspberry and proclaim “TOLD YA SO!!!” At least that’s the impression left by Gillis after his Team 1040 interview on Thursday, in which he said the Canucks will return to the style of play they excelled with in the years under Alain Vigneault and prior to the arrival of John Tortorella. “I want us to play upbeat, puck possession, move the puck quickly, force teams into mistakes, high transition game,” he said. “That’s my vision. That’s how I think you win in the Western Conference.” He wants the team that averaged 2.94 goals per game in 2011-12, not the one that averages 2.34 goals per game this season. He wants to be offensively dangerous and playing for a division title where Tortorella’s team ekes out victories and plays under the playoff bubble. All of this reinforces the idea that Tortorella wasn’t Gillis’s hire. Go back to after the season: The GM is still talking about skill; owner Francesco Aquilini cut a five-year contract to a guy in Tortorella that he felt could come in, take the roster, play a different style and get better results. And the results say, at least superficially, that Gillis was right and his owner was wrong. The team had two personalities: The up-tempo style warring with the dump and chase. To paraphrase "Platoon", they were born of two fathers: Mike Gillis and John Tortorella. Does that mean the coach goes but the general manager stays?
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