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Canucks GM writes to season-ticket holders, admits ‘unacceptable’ playoff results

May 16, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

Mike Gillis AP

Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis sent an email to season-ticket holders today. It read as follows:

“I am writing to you far earlier than any of us wanted or anticipated. Although we won the division for the fifth consecutive season, regular season success alone is not our ultimate goal.

“It is my responsibility as the leader of this organization to work with my leadership team to evaluate all aspects of our hockey club and find ways to improve. You have been extremely supportive and your passion is what drives us every day to get better.

“Everyone in our organization from our owners, management, coaches, players and staff expected more from this season – and we know you did as well. Losing in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two years is unacceptable to each of us. This off-season will lead to difficult decisions including roster adjustments and changes in personnel. Though I believe the condensed schedule made adjustments challenging and does not necessarily reflect the full potential of our on-ice group, the fact remains that we’re going to have to reinvent ourselves and do things differently in order to be successful.

“It is my intention to communicate with you as often as I can throughout the summer months. On behalf of our entire organization, I thank you for your continued loyalty and assure you we will work as hard as we can to make you proud and to ultimately win the Stanley Cup.”

In a related story, the Canucks are reportedly raising ticket prices for next season.

It still hasn’t been announced whether head coach Alain Vigneault will keep his job or be fired.

Related: Gillis says ‘significant changes’ coming in Vancouver

  1. sjsharks66 - May 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    insert south park BP oil sorry video…

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      So, how have the letters from your GM to your season ticket holders gone over the last decade plus?

  2. sjsharks66 - May 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Im not sure. As a canucks fan you should be able to tell me. Have not won a cup in 45+ years? Also burned down your city after losing the 2 opportunities you had to win one?

    Bet you have all those letters throughout stacked up.

    When will you Canucks fans realize, you are worse then the Sharks. The sharks don’t have a cup in 22 years… Yours is DOUBLE and you choked twice in the playoffs.

    • loinstache - May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      In their first 23 years the Canucks made the SCF twice. Don’t think SJ will have that by next year? That is of course if we’re judging the success of two franchises without a cup win.

    • loinstache - May 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Also you’re so hilariously fixated on the Canucks, it’s somehow both adorable and petty. The self confidence just oozes from your tough Internet personality

      • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        He was likely to get at least partway there on his own, but I definitely helped. I’ve been pointing out his hypocrisy for some time now.

        “Roy should get 2 games. Definite headshot.”
        “Clean hit by Torres. Shoulder contact.”

      • sanjosecupcrazy - May 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        Enjoy watching us play tonight, douchebag. And yes, we LOVE beating you guys. 😉

    • haterzgonahate - May 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      actually its 43 years… 3 cup appearances, 2 gone to game 7, 1 a circa 1980 Islanders dynasty sweep. so that means the Nucks made their first cup final appearance 11 years after their inception in the league… and continue to trend that way almost every 10 years (94, 2013) and that’s 22 years for the sharks with no single cup appearance? your hate is hilarious… keep spouting and enjoy getting thrashed by the kings. at least there’s 1 sharks fan out there with some kind of passion… whether that’s enough passion to torch a car or two i’m not sure but maybe we’ll find out this year. here’s hoping the sharks win the cup this year so you can listen to hockey fans tell you it “it doesn’t really count because it wasn;’t a real season” lol

  3. Rob Schertzer, MD, MEd, FRCSC - May 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Perhaps the fault lies in the current GM and that’s where the axe needs to fall rather than shifting the blame elsewhere? We have no young players coming down the pipe to help fortify the team over the next few years and this is from poor management.

    • ikillchicken - May 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Really? What about Tanev? Arguably one of the best young defensive D men in the league whom Gillis picked up as an undrafted free agent. Or Corrado? Another great young D man who had no problem being tossed right in to the playoffs and didn’t look remotely out of place. And we got him as a 5th round pick. And don’t forget Kassian. He obviously needs to find his consistency but he’s still a very talented prospect who brings a much sought after combination of size, speed and scoring touch and who has made steady progress over the last two seasons and will in all likelihood continue to do so going forward. Plus there’s Jensen. He’s not as far along in his development but he’s looked like a steal given what he’s shown in the minor/junior leagues. The Canucks are hardly overflowing with prospects but the cupboards are by no means bare either. We’ve got a number of guys who will be able to step in and help the team in the future.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Tanev is not considered one of the best young defensmen in the NHL by anyone outside of yourself and the most blinded fans. He looks like a guy who could be a solid 4th or 5th defensman (nothing wrong with that) but not one of the top young players in the entire league.

        And the problem with using Kassian as an example is that Gillis traded a prospect considered to have more talent and a bigger upside to get him. In other words, it’s great to have a $10 bill in your pocket but when you give up a $20 bill straight up to get it, it really dulls how impressive that $10 bill really is.

        Surprised you didn’t mention Jordan Schroeder, he looks like he could be a guy who steps in and plays fairly well very soon.

      • ikillchicken - May 16, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Please read more carefully. I said he was one of the best young defensive defensemen in the league. Obviously there are much better players overall. His poise with the puck is nearly unmatched for a player his age though.

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      All those letters after your name didn’t help you examine out prospect pool. Undrafted players in Tanev, Lack and Lain coming up. Drafted players like Jensen, Schroeder, Corrado, Gaunce, Blomstrand, etc. doing so as well. Kassian counts to, despite us not drafting him.

      It’s taken some time to get the pool filled to a reasonable level, but any help he did get from Burke and Nonis is already in the lineup but needs more since there only ever was that first tier of players worthwhile. I’d spent some time comparing our drafting against Chicago’s (a CDC project, don’t ask) and we don’t look that much worse recently considering the higher picks and the sheer number of picks they’ve had more than us over the past decade.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        They are ranked 28th in the NHL in organizational rank, that’s quite the job he’s doing….

      • elvispocomo - May 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Maybe we don’t have the top end, sure fire talent, but that’s not easy to do when you aren’t picking higher in the draft order. Some teams manage still, and I think this year and next are the first chances for Gillis’ own picks to have an impact.

        But, if you’re basing your view off of Hockey’s Future, then I think they underrate us. Just how effective they’ll be at the NHL level remains to be seen, but the percentage of prospects with a chance at making it is much improved from the days of Burke and Nonis.

        We aren’t saying we have guaranteed all stars in the pipeline, but you’d have to agree saying, “We have no young players coming down the pipe to help fortify the team over the next few years and this is from poor management,” is clearly not the case.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Yeah but making the SCF and not winning is not really special. Just means you put in all that work to choke when it mattered the absolute most. So congrats….i guess?

    • loinstache - May 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      holy crap you may actually be retarded. I guess his explains some things, but I do feel guilty now for getting laughs out of your comments.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      I’m far from a Canucks fan, in fact it would be between them and the Oilers for teams I despise the most, but to try and pass off their 3 SCF appearances like they’re nothing is just wrong. They were 1 games away twice and in fact 1 goal away back in 94, that’s certainly something. Meanwhile the Sharks have 4 poor appearances in the conference finals to counter with, which includes back to back losses to teams the Sharks were vastly superior to.

      If you don’t understand the difference than I’m not sure you understand hockey or sports in general.

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Soooo, you’re saying the Sharks choke when it matters least?

      loinstache is right, it’s too easy.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Yeah…. Im retarded.
    Not the person bragging about failing in the SCF multiple times.

    • weenerman - May 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      True… You’re the virgin who’s never kissed a girl making fun of the guy who made it to third base because he hasn’t gone all the way.

      • loinstache - May 16, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        haha this is a great analogy. of course, this means that we failed to get past third, freaked out and punched the girl then proceeded to light her cat on fire :/

      • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM


  6. chicagohawksfan66 - May 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    wtf are you even posting in here for ssfanboy66? bohica buddy guy

  7. equator180 - May 17, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Oh and by the way, how about the price of those season tickets for the product you are putting on the ice, how does it compare to say, LA or NY or Detroit?

    • elvispocomo - May 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Really? That’s your big insult? Like it or not, hockey is in demand in Canada, and demand exceeds supply. When that happens, ticket prices go up. The average ticket prices for 2011/12 were as follows:
      1. Toronto
      2. Winnipeg
      3. Montreal
      4. Edmonton
      5. Vancouver
      6. Calgary

      That’s all the Canadian teams at the top of the charts. Attendance is good despite that as well. New York was 8th though, so not far off, but the Detroit (financially hard hit city with the recession) and LA (not really a hockey town) markets are cheaper to try and get fans in the seats.

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