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Paying the price: Gillis fired by Canucks

Apr 8, 2014, 2:56 PM EST

Mike Gillis

Mike Gillis has been fired as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.

“On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure,” said owner Francesco Aquilini in a release. “The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike’s leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.

“I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season. We haven’t met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal.”

Last night, the Canucks were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2008.

As of now, John Tortorella remains the head coach.

Assistant GM Laurence Gilman has reportedly been told he’ll remain with the club.

Aquilini will address the media Wednesday morning.

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