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Gillis support difficult to fathom 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

On a local radio show Tuesday, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said his trip to the East Coast was to scout college players and catch a few NHL games, not to talk trade. (24 hours file photo)

On a local radio show Tuesday, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said his trip to the East Coast was to scout college players and catch a few NHL games, not to talk trade. (24 hours file photo)

The last time Mike Gillis was put under the microscope by Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini, he came out of that meeting with a few more years added to his contract.

So let’s not underestimate what else Gillis is capable of with his gig on the line.

Perhaps Aquilini sees the team as a small same-season rebuild, which would make me wonder if he's asked for a second opinion, one outside of his current GM.

As long as Gillis can show his owner a model where the crowds continue to hang in there while they get a little deeper with an adventurous rebuild the support would be there.

Perhaps Gillis can take credit for nearly winning a Cup for his owner and have him overlook the few extra years of over-estimating what was really left — basically, getting the keys back after running the team into a tree.

It would be impressive.

Getting younger, faster and cheaper has been this team’s mantra since ‘the run’ and the way the rules are structured that's not about to change any time soon.

So it appears the haircut club (those who took less money to stay in Vancouver) may have yet another trimmed trooper ready to jump ship.

The best player in any kind of Kesler deal will always be Ryan Kesler.

So to sit here and tell you the Canucks need a certain type of player feels redundant. It's long beyond a one or two player fix. This is now about a full core removal.

And I'm not sure I'd give Gillis that gig just because I owe him some salary.

He misread the market and couldn't move the goaltender at this team’s core. Why should I think he's got this under control?

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