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Canucks’ Daniel Sedin: ‘When a GM gets fired, it falls on the players’

Apr 9, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

Mike Gillis

The fallout from Tuesday’s big news that the Vancouver Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis continued the next day.

Not only was Trevor Linden hired as the new president of hockey operations on Wednesday, but players, head coach John Tortorella and chairman of Canucks Sports and Entertainment Francesco Aquilini were able to publicly reflect for the first time on the end of the Gillis era in Vancouver.

For the first time since 2008, the Canucks will not make the playoffs. The team has been trending downward since it made it to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. And Gillis, in his sixth season in Vancouver and with highly publicized criticism for his decisions over the years, took the fall.

“Whenever a GM gets fired, it falls on the players. It’s our performance on the ice that cost him a job,” said forward Daniel Sedin, as per Metro News.

“That’s the bottom line. It’s always tough to take as a player. That was tough. But then waking up this morning, seeing Trevor’s name, that brought some excitement back for sure.”

Change in Vancouver might not be restricted to just the front office. Tortorella, in his first season with the Canucks, could also be on his way out at the end of the season, as the coaching staff will undergo an evaluation from the new man Linden.

  1. lowenni - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Well that’s just not true. A GM could do a horrible job of assembling a team, with mix matched players or not bringing in necessary depth or help. They can sign players to awful contracts that handicap the team for years. Perhaps you could say this of a coach, where the players are expected to buy into a system, but as we see with Roy in Colorado sometimes a new coach or different system releases the reigns on a team, or, with Tortorella in Daniel’s Vancouver, it can hold the team back. It is expected of the players to deliver and work hard every night, but Gillis got what he had coming for him with three bad years of failure.

  2. micasa81 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    No, no, no, Daniel. All Canuck fans know that you and Hank are willing to accept your full share of the blame…when it’s actually your fault. You played rather stinkily this year, I’ll admit, but hopefully most fans are able to see that you were trying to buy into a system that was all wrong for your assets, and what’s more, you were trying to do so without any fresh recruits to play alongside you. This was a stinker of a season for you and Hank, but it was preceded by seasons in which you put up some of the best numbers in the league and got paid a good $3 mil/season less than you deserved. During those years, you made Gillis look like a friggin’ genius (hint: he wasn’t). This one is emphatically not on you.

    • bigtganks - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      What explains their decline the previous two years before Torts?

      Just admit. The twins are done. And I’m a fan of theirs.

      • micasa81 - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:24 AM

        Admit what? That they’re not 100 point players anymore, or that we’ll never see them crack 50 points again? Bit of a difference there. I’m betting you’ll have a tough time convincing anyone of the latter.

  3. 950003cups - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    No, it falls on the GM who signed those players. Thats the same logic being used by NJ fans to fire Lamoriello. Look at the garbage he has assembled for the next 2 years. Complete and utter garbage.

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