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01-31-2011, 03:51 AM
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The difference between Burke's tenure in Anaheim and Gillis' in Vancouver (so far atleast) is that Gillis had all the core guys already there when he took over. Burke had some of the core players (Pahlsson, Getzlaf, Perry, Giguere, McDonald) there already but he had to revamp the entire defense. And coaching staff.
Also what Burke brought to Anaheim was a totally new style of play and attitude
, Ducks went from one of the softest teams in the league to a modern time version of Broad Street Bullies in 3 years.
Gillis hasn't had to go that deep, atleast not yet. If Nucks don't do well in the play-offs this season, there could be some deeper changes than just roster moves.
I do agree with most of this but the bolded part is wrong. Before Gillis this wasn't exactly a high scoring team. While Burke was here this team was a high scoring team but couldn't stop the puck. While Nonis was here this team had very little problem stopping the puck but couldn't score much.
With Gillis this team (especially those from the Nonis era) have taken their offensive game to a new level. There's no doubt in my mind this has to do with the way that Gillis wants his hockey team to play. On top of that they're doing a pretty good job keeping the puck out of their net as well.
You have to give Gillis some props in the sense where he knew what peices he wanted to keep and what peices needed to go. It's pretty easy for a GM to come in and shake things up real big and he could have traded guys like Kesler, Edler or the Sedins but he not only did not trade them he got them all resigned to pretty good deals.
Every single core player that was brought in by Burke or Nonis has been resigned by Gillis and has seen their game go to a new level. Some of this is due to a natural development curve but some of it has to be due to the things that Gillis does behind the scenes (ie player development).
When Gillis came here he singled out two areas that he wanted to improve. One was drafting and the other was player development. The drafting is one that is a little to early to judge on but as far as player development goes things are looking pretty good so far.
The point I'm trying to make here is that would the Sedins be 100+ point players under Burke or Nonis?? Maybe, maybe not but they are 100+ point players under Gillis and he was smart enough to get them locked up to real good deals before that happened.
I give Burke and Nonis credit for drafting our core players (and in Luongo's case trading for) but outside of that the players and the current management team gets credit for what they've done since that point.
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