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08-04-2009, 09:02 PM
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Cam Cole has an interesting take on it:

The mutual admiration society between Francesco Aquilini and his now sophomore GM is very much alive — maybe even stronger than 15 months ago, when Dave Nonis's cologne was still hanging in the air as Aquilini was naming the former player agent and his ready-made coterie of ex-client/advisers to form the new regime.

The owners like him.


But the double title will bear watching, just the same.

If it's perceived that the new job description has caused Gillis to take even 10 per cent of his focus from the hockey team — the only area the fans really care about — it will have been a bad move.

If Gillis's elevation is only on paper — like the "executive VP" tacked onto so many other GMs' titles — and most of the president's responsibilities are, in reality, taken on by 15-year team operative Victor de Bonis and his staff, then the only effect will be symbolic: a signal of Gillis's expanding influence over all things Canuck.

The owners obviously believe that's a good thing.

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