For years, the Vancouver Canucks have regularly played the playoffs, even making it to the Stanley Cup Final once. However, they still fired Alain Vigneault as their head coach. Now, they are straight up going to miss the postseason, but this time the guy who fired Vigneault is getting the boot. The Canucks have fired General Manager Mike Gillis.
Gillis' tenure with the team actually wasn't all that long. He took over after the 2007-2008 season, and didn't even make it all the way through this year. There have been grumblings about the relationship between Gillis and head coach John Tortorella, grumblings that make it seem that Gillis didn't even want Tortorella there, and was not enthused with his style of play. If this is true, that would lead me to presume that somebody did want Tortorella there, and thus Gillis' tenure became tenuous once the team stumbled. Oh, and he also traded both Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo.
The Canucks are in a tricky position. I fear that, with poor management, they will go the way of the Calgary Flames. Their time as a Cup contender seems over. The team is getting old. They need young talent. The Sedin twins won't be around forever. Ryan Kesler is apparently unhappy. Vancouver did not see Gillis as the guy to right this ship, evidently, so now he is gone. The Canucks got themselves a head start on replacing him. Hey, it's only the future of the franchise in the balance, you know?