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07-31-2012, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Intense Rage View Post
Gillis inherited his coaching staff. The few good additions he made to the team he ended up losing like Ehrhoff, Hodgson and Samuelsson. On the current Canucks I only see Booth and Ballard as the guys he has added and they were both overpaid and under performing. The current team is mostly the work of Dave Nonis. I truly wonder why Canucks fans love Gillis, he has done little work to get the team to this level. Most of the players on the team would have gotten there with Dave Nonis as well. Gillis is overrated.
A few points:
1. The Canucks missed the playoffs the year before Gillis arrived. Two year laters they won the Presidents Trophy and made the finals. Those results speak for themselves.
2. Gillis' biggest acquisition was Hamhuis, who is arguably our best defenceman and who you somehow left off your list. Garrison was also a big acquisition this offseason.
3. Hodgson was turned into Kassian, Samuelsson was no more key than Higgins and he ended up being traded for Booth which was an upgrade. Ehrhoff was acquired by Gillis for peanuts and was a big part of the team that went to the finals. He got a deal in Buffalo that the team was not prepared to match.
4. The GM who guided the Canucks to missing the playoffs in his last year as Canuck's GM was none other than the Dave Nonis who you rate so highly. Gillis turned the team around after that disastrous season and two years later had them in the finals. Coincidentally, the Nonis you rate so highly has never had a GM job since his firing in Vancouver and as assistant GM his team has never seen the playoffs since he was hired. Those results also speak for themselves.

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