Found May 26, 2013 on Rob The Hockey Guy:
It’s no secret that after two first round series exits, Mike Gillis is on the hot seat. He has fired his coach and any future failures will be on him. But lets not lose perspective here. The Canucks have undergone their most successful time (by a lot) in the time that Mike Gillis has been the general manager. This hasn’t happened by accident. Columnists like Ed Willes continually blast Gillis for his moves as Canucks general manager. I believe guys like Willes have a bit of a personal vendetta against Gillis. They were big fans of Dave Nonis, didn’t like the way he was let go, and don’t like Gillis’ demeanor. If these reporters were blaming Gillis for his moves in the last 2 seasons, then I could understand where they are coming from. But when I see the same people blaming Gillis consistently for years while the team has enjoyed as much success as they have, I wonder what else is behind it. A week ago, I outlined Mike Gillis’ trade history, which has been subpar. A couple of months ...

Arguments I Hate: Mike Gillis Inherited This Team

Every now and then I like to dip into one of the prevailing narratives that surrounds the Canucks and disprove it in a little something I like to call: arguments I hate. Today’s argument I hate is that the Canucks have been successful despite Mike Gillis, not because of him. Under Mike Gillis’ reign as Canucks general manager since 2008, the Canucks have been more successful...
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