Posts Tagged Mike Gillis

NHL Rumors I: GM Vacancy in Washington and Vancovuer … Vanek Not Built for Habs?

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: There are still rumors that Wayne Gretzky could join the Capitals. Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning appears to the front-runner for the Canucks GM position. Captials GM candidates include Doug MacLean, Craig Button and Mike Gillis. Also in the mix: Dave Poulin, Claude Loiselle, Paul Fenton, Tim Burke and Julien BriseBois.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Tim Burke’s name has come up a possible GM in Washington. There has been some talk that Trevor Linden should try and bring in Burke on some level.

    “One of the best evaluators of talent,” an NHL source says of the San Jose Sharks’ director of scouting. “Always seems to find hidden gems in the draft. Intense and passionate about the game. A good man.”

  • Fluto Shinzawa: Thinking the Canadiens would let Thomas Vanek go even if he wanted to stay. Vanek’s game is built for possession and not counterattack.

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Canucks To Fire Head Coach John Tortorella

According to Farhan Lalji of TSN, the Vancouver Canucks will fire head coach John Tortorella on Thursday.

The move will come about three weeks after Trevor Linden was hired as team president and Mike Gillis was fired as team GM.

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NHL Rumors II: Blue Jackets, Capitals, Islanders, Hurricanes, Leafs, Stalock and Gretzky

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some things that could happen with the Blue Jackets this offseason.

    1. Lock up Ryan Johansen – Johansen is a RFA and they’ll have to decide if they want to do a bridge deal or a long-term deal.

    2. Extend the contract for Todd Richards – Richards signed a one-year deal last June.

    3. Consider naming a captain – they’ve been without one since they traded Rick Nash. Both Jack Johnson and Brandon Dubinsky should be candidates.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: It would be surprising if the Capitals went with a rookie NHL coach because of Alex Ovechkin. Barry Trotz could be on their list. Mike Gillis could get consideration for the GM position.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow to one fan at a season-ticket holder event last week: “It would be a safe wager on his part that we would utilize this year’s (first-round draft) pick.”  The Islanders have until June 1st to let the Sabres know if they’ll get the Islanders 2014 or 2015 first round pick.

    Garth Snow also said that they had a deal worked out for a goalie at the trade deadline until they asked for Brock Nelson.

    Steven Stamkos on Martin St. Louis.

    “When you have close friends, you support them…Did I totally agree with it? Maybe not,” he said. “I wish he would have stayed for selfish reasons …That was his decision, and he made that in the best interests of himself and his family. You have to respect him for that.”

    Teams think that the crowds at the Bell Centre in Montreal influence more calls than any other building.

  • Michael Smith: New Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said he hasn’t made a decision on his coaching staff yet.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Leafs are not in a big rush to make decisions on anything right now. They also have to have an idea of a replacement in mind” … “If you’re going to fire a proven winner like Carlyle you have to have someone in mind to replace him” … “I still think it’s likely that Carlyle is fired but there is no one leaping off the page as to who will replace him”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “I think Doug Armstrong has to seriously consider making a change with Hitchcock”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “I spoke to a player on that Capitals team & he told me Ovechkin comes to the weight room does curls and then walks out” Nick Kypreos: “Gretzky would surround Ovechkin with 3 or 4 high character guys who would embarrass Ovechkin into being better”
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie wonders if Capitals owner Ted Leonsis will reach out to Wayne Gretzky to discuss a potential executive position. McKenzie thinks that Washington may be one of four or five teams where Gretzky might seriously consider. McKenzie notes that to his knowledge, there has been zero contact between the two, and there may never be.
  • Cap Geek: If Sharks Alex Stalock plays more than 30 minutes in four (three after last night) more games, he’d become a RFA and not a UFA this summer.

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NHL Rumors: Red Wings, Alfredsson, Capitals GM Candidates, Flames and Canucks

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some early offseason priorities for Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

    1. Add an impact defenseman – the will have cap space this summer as David Legwand, Daniel Alfredsson, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi, Kyle Quincey, Jonas Gustavsson and Danny Cleary are in the final season of their contracts. It’s not a deep free agent class, but the Wings could look at Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen. If looking at the trade market, Alex Edler and Christian Ehrhoff could be options.

    2. Sign Danny DeKeyser to a long-term contract – he’s an pending RFA. He hasn’t put a lot of thought on whether he wants a bridge contract or a long-term deal.

    3. Add a scoring winger – the Wings are fine up the middle, but could look at free agent wingers like: Thomas Vanek, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Matt Moulson or Jaromir Jagr.

  • Tim Wharnsby: Daniel Alfredsson said that if he plays next season, if would likely be with the Red Wings.
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “If you’re going to make a [coaching] change, make the change. Let the guy get on with his life. Don’t let him hang there” … “Didn’t sound to me, when Linden took over, that he was too keen on keeping Torts. Maybe that’s changed. If not, make the change”
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley lists some GM candidates for the Capitals: Tim Burke (director of scouting for the Sharks), Jim Benning (assistant GM for the Bruins), Ron Hextall (assistant GM for the Flyers), Claude Loiselle (assistant GM for the Maple Leafs), Paul Fenton (assistant GM for the Predators), Bob Nicholson (former president and CEO of Hockey Canada), Craig Billington (VP of player development for the Avalanche), Mike Gillis (former GM of the Canucks), Dave Poulin (VP of hockey operations for the Maple Leafs) and Julien BriseBois (assistant GM of the Lightning).
  • John Shannon: “How long before we hear Wayne Gretzky’s name to run hockey in Washington? He and Leonsis have a very good relationship. 99 wants back in.”
  • Jim Matheson: The Capitals lineup needs an overhaul. Their blueline is average outside of John Carlson and Karl Alzner. Mike Green continually gets hurt. They are average in goal and they need top-six forwards.
  • Darren Dreger: Jim Rutherford could get some interest from the Capitals or Canucks. He may want a break though. George McPhee would make sense in Vancouver or Calgary.

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NHL Rumors II: Vancouver Canucks Edition

  • Farhan Lalji: Told that Trevor Linden will be officially named the Canucks President today.
  • Farhan Lalji: Told that there was a buyout provision in Mike Gillis’ contract that states that the Canucks would only have to pay half of the remaining $8 million that he is owed. John Tortorella has a similar provision in his contract if it gets to that point.
  • Dave Naylor: Jay Feaster said he’d like to be a GM again and would also like to work John Tortorella again one day.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: “Source told me this afternoon Gillis’ interview last week wasn’t the reason he was fired but may have been last straw” … “Biggest reason that Gillis was let go was because he was hurting the business and the brand. Gillis was lightning rod for fans” … “This is about rebuilding trust with fanbase and the city. Ownership felt Gillis was bad for the brand” … “This is a roster (Canucks) that had grown old and stale. Not a lot of young assets coming up other than Horvat” … “When the cast is dyed on Gillis the Luongo saga and ultimately how it unfolded was really when it started going off the rails” … “We may hear over the next few days that ownership tied Gillis’ hands in the Luongo saga. Gillis still the GM though”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: “There are two possibilities on Torts: 1 New GM will make decision” … “Second is that Torts was hired by ownership and is owed a lot of money. New GM will take over knowing Torts will be coach”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Gillis firing will ramp up Jay Feaster to the Canucks talk.
  • Craig Custance: Custance would promote Laurence Gilman on at least an interim basis.

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Canucks Fire Mike Gillis As Their President and General Manager

  • Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks relieved Mike Gillis as their team President and General Manager.

    “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 Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “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.”

    “I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season,” continued Aquilini. “We haven’t met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal.”

  • Mike Halford: Two years, nine months and 17 days ago, Mike Gillis was named the NHL’s GM of the Year.
  • Gillis was named the Canucks GM on April 23rd, 2008, taking over from Dave Nonis.

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NHL Rumors: Canucks, Flames, Isles, Caps, Canes, Canadiens, Panthers, Leafs, Predators and Bruins

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Canucks ownership will need to decide if one or both of John Tortorella and Mike Gillis will be back.

    Expect Flames coach Bob Hartley to return next season. Top candidates to for the Flames GM position: George McPhee, Laurece Gilman, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle.

    There could be at least three groups that have spoken with Charles Wang about buying the Islanders.

    Capitals coach Adam Oates may be fired after the season.

    The Hurricanes may look to trade Cam Ward (two-years with a $6.7 million cap hit). The Flames, Islanders, Sabres and Capitals could be looking for a goalie this offseason.

    Ron Francis (pending Hurricanes GM) will have to decide if they will buy out the remaining four years and $28 million left on Alex Semin’s contract.

    Ken Hitchcock’s job may be on the line if they have an early playoff exit.

    Rumors are that the Canadiens and P.K. Subban’s camp have only held preliminary talks, with serious negotiations talking place after the playoffs. He could get an eight-year contract worth around $7.5 million per season.

    There are rumors that the Panthers will try to sign pending UFAs Dave Bolland and Matt Moulson.

    Thought is that Dallas Eakins will be back with the Oilers next year. Mark Messier could be a coaching option for them down the road.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the Leafs top priority this offseason should be to re-sign Dave Bolland.

    Simmons thinks Randy Carlyle will be the Leafs coach next season.Simmons wonders if the Predators will fire Barry Trotz and if the Penguins don’t have a successful playoffs, will they fire Dan Bylsma?

    The Leafs, Avalanche and Lightning will be interested in Leo Komarov this offseason.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins will have about a  $4.5 million salary cap penalty next season for bonus overages for Jarome Iginla, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. They have $62 million already committed for next year. Pending RFAs: Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith and Jordan Caron.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: John Tortorella won’t be back as the Canucks coach unless ownership chooses him over GM Mike Gillis. Tortorella may be spreading word that Jay Feaster is a GM that he could work with.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller could be let go by incoming GM Ron Francis.

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Morning Hits: Torts, Ovechkin Responds, Klesla, Blue Jackets Viewership and the Preds want an ASG

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks coach John Tortorella on GM Mike Gillis’ comments: “I not going to comment on what happened yesterday. That’s a discussion Mike and I will have internally.”
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin on Adam Oates’ comments that he “quit” on the play on Thursday’s game winning goal.

    “He’s the head coach and I get the blame from it, but in that moment I think everybody quit on the play,” Ovechkin said following the Capitals’ morning skate at Prudential Center on Friday in his first public comments since Oates criticized his lackluster defensive play against the Stars.

    “To be honest with you I didn’t see him, I kind of lost the position. It is what it is,” Ovechkin said. “We make lots of mistakes, it’s not about one mistake. You can’t blame one mistake in the whole game.”

  • Tim Wharnsby: The Sabres put Rostislav Klesla on unconditional waivers.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets sit 29th of 30 in attendance. They are only getting an average of 6,000 households watching their games on Fox Sports Ohio. They were at 9,000 last year. The Cincinnati Reds are averaging 18,000 households, 9,285 for the Indians and 5,400 for the Cavaliers. The Blue Jackets will host the 2015 All-Star game.

    “The Blue Jackets are doing just fine,” Bettman said in an email exchange with The Dispatch. “They have put together a strong young team, they have built momentum on the ice and in the community, and we are truly excited about their present as well as their future.”

  • Nate Rau and Michael Cass of the Tennessean: The All-Star game could be in Nashville as soon as 2016.

    “We’ve made it clear that we deserve it, and it would be really good for the franchise,” he said. “They’ve sort of implied that they appreciate the mayor and the city stepping up to keep the team here, so the conversation’s always been, ‘Well, we did that; we want this in return.”

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Morning Hits: Stewart, Petrov, Gillis Not Sure If He’ll Be Back and HC at Noon Discusses

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Sabres Chris Stewart on his trade to Buffalo: “It was pretty plain and simple. They wanted a big goalie and I got voted off the island. I was a casualty. It sucks, but that’s the business.”
  • Igor Eronko: Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov will remain in the KHL for at least one more year.
  • Mark Spector of SportsNet: Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Vancouver radio when asked if he expects head coach John Tortorella back next year.

    “David, I’m not sure if I’ll be back,” began Gillis.

    His vision of the Canucks is no longer the guiding light.

    “I’m tired of chasing a moving target,” Gillis told the TEAM 1040 on Thursday. “We’re going to get back to the fundamentals and principles that I believe in, and that’s how we’re going to play. If people don’t want to comply… We did this six years ago. We made hard choices. Those hard choices are going to come again if we don’t see people get on the same page.”

    “Players have severely under-performed. Our team has under-performed,” Gillis said.

    “Our problems are far reaching, and they will be addressed. If people don’t want to get onside with how I view this team and how it is supposed to play, then they won’t be here.”

  • Hockey Central at Noon talking about Nonis’ comments.

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NHL Rumors: Callahan, Markov, Jagr, Iginla, Torts, Carlyle, Jets, Giordano, Ekblad and McCabe

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ryan Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said that he spoke with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman over the weekend, with Yzerman saying he’d like to talk contract extension after the season.

    “Yeah, we’d love to sign him,” said Yzerman. “He’s a good fit, a good person, a good player, has style of play that really complements our group well; he’s fit in really well. So we hope to sign him. But we won’t talk until after the year.”

    It’s likely that John Tortorella will be fired by the Canucks after the season. There will also be the question whether or not to fire GM Mike Gillis. Both Tortorella and Gillis have four years left on their deals.

    The Canadiens and Andrei Markov’s agent, Sergei Berezin, have continued contract talks.

    “I met with Marc a couple of days ago when they were here [in Florida],” Berezin told ESPN.com Tuesday.

    “I don’t think we’re in any rush to get anything done. I have an idea what they’re offering, they know what we want, and I don’t actually think we’re that far apart. I’m hopeful in the end it will work out.”

    Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, met with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello a few days ago to talk about a contract extension. Talks will pick up after the season.

    Contract talks between Peter Chiarelli and Jarome Iginla’s camp will wait until after the season.

    Randy Carlyle’s future with the Maple Leafs could be in doubt if they miss the playoffs.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has some trade chips he could use after the season. Evander Kane would get them a big return, including roster players and picks/prospects. Tobias Enstrom could get a nice return, but they would need a frontline defender in return. Zach Bogosian’s stock might be down at the moment. Lawless wouldn’t move Brian Little or Andrew Ladd.
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: “I highly doubt that Gardiner will be dealt considering Nonis believes dealing young D is the biggest mistake a GM can make”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “If Cal trades Giordano they get rid of their hardest competitor. Giordano embodies what you want from your leaders” … “I hate the word lifer but Giordano is a lifer in Calgary” … “If the Leafs want to acquire Giordano what can they trade back? Connor McDavid?” … “I wouldn’t trade JVR for a top end D because you’re stealing from Peter to pay Paul”
  • Corey Pronman: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “If Ekblad is the best player available that we deem at the end of the year we’ll take Ekblad”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray said they are close to signing Jake McCabe and that he would likely report to Sabres and not to the AHL.

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