Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 6/19/13
Time to act It’s a complicated summer for Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis. For the first time in his tenure, he faces the need to tinker with the core of this hockey club and make some important choices. After inheriting a team with a significant number of pieces that would eventually take the team to the brink of glory in 2011 and needing the summers preceding only to maintain and reinforce the existing roster, Gillis now faces a need to re-tool, or perhaps rebuild, a team on a dangerous downfall. Where 2011-2012 could be excused off as a blip or a hangover, 2013 was supposed to be the comeback year. Instead, the Canucks turned in an effort that was somehow worse than the year before, forcing the exit of Alain Vigneault yet shockingly not yet Roberto Luongo. Mike Gillis is in an unfamiliar situation – crucial decision making (Photo by Kim Stallknecht) At this time last year, hopes were that the return in a Luongo trade would jumpstart the Canucks and put them over the top in the W...
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