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12-21-2009, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by nuckfan in TO View Post
But something tells me that none of that matters... the Canucks could hire Cliff Ronning to fill a small PR role in Vancouver that doesn't really mean anything to the organization, and some people will be crying cronyism. Although the reality is that he would probably be excellent in that role, considering how much he's loved in this market. Still, because of his previous history with the team, it won't matter what he's hired to do, nor that he isn't replacing anyone else rather creating a new job - the fact that he was a former Canuck will have some people crying cronyism without considering whether he could be a good fit or not.
Steve Tambellini is a good example of developing and promoting management talent from within.

After he retired as a player in 1988 he was hired by the Canucks as the Director of Public and Media Relations and worked his way up through the organization with progressively more responsibility (ultimately VP Hockey Operations and Assistant GM) until July 2008 when he left to become GM of the Oilers.

The Canucks have done that with non-players as well such as Dave Cobb who began in the accounting/financial management end of things.

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