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Gillis wants to keep Vigneault, but can’t guarantee agreement will be reached

May 7, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

Mike Gillis

Fresh off signing a contract extension, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis answered some questions in a conference call this afternoon before boarding a flight.

Here’s a brief recap:

—- Gillis wants to keep coach Alain Vigneault, who’s done an “excellent job and has the results to show for it.”

—- That said, an agreement still needs to be reached with Vigneault, and that hasn’t happened yet. It’s the “first thing on my agenda,” said Gillis.

—- By all indications, Gillis believes Vigneault wants to keep coaching in Vancouver.

—- Gillis doesn’t think it’s strange that Vigneault has yet to address the media, suggesting the disappointing way the season ended may have been a factor in not wanting to answer questions right away.

—- Gillis admitted there were times when he reflected on whether he wanted to remain in the position, citing the amount of energy it takes and the scrutiny he’s constantly under.

—- He wouldn’t say how long his contract was extended.

And then he got on the plane.

  1. imleftcoast - May 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    A plane to Montreal?

  2. scottybcboy - May 7, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Vigneault should go, He’s a great coach but sometimes you just have to move on.

  3. blomfeld - May 7, 2012 at 11:55 PM


    Gillis and the Aqulini’s are like Frick & Frack, no two ways about it … so this news hardly comes as a surprise. You only have to think back to how Gillis “furtively” worked with them behind the scenes, prior to taking away the GM job from Dave Nonis. In terms of Vigneault, I remain convinced that once all this phoney “preamble” is over with, then he’s headed for Montreal … and good on him for that, as I believe he’ll be the “perfect fit” there as the new Habs coach. As for Luongo, it’s a given that they now want him off their books asap. Nonetheless, they’re probably now realizing the difficulty of doing that ? ,,, and besides, the other wrinkle for them to consider is the possibility that Schneider has had some second thoughts about signing on here long term ? All in all, it will make for some interesting time here in Canuckle Land this summer !

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