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Gilman believes he’s qualified to be Canucks GM

May 7, 2014, 1:52 PM EST

Laurence Gilman

Laurence Gilman never played hockey at a high level. And if there’s one thing that could be held against him as a candidate to become the next general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, it’s probably that.

But Gilman — currently Vancouver’s assistant GM — doesn’t believe his perceived shortcomings should outweigh all the things he does bring to the table.

“I didn’t play the game at the NHL level and didn’t get to this position through the scouting ranks,” Gilman told the Vancouver Sun. “But I’m an educated guy who has worked for NHL teams for 20 years, the last 13 as an assistant general manager. I understand every facet of this business implicitly. To suggest I don’t understand the key components of a competitive team is laughable to me. But that’s for others to judge. I’ve been around long enough to know the value of a third-line center or a shutdown defenseman or having character guys on your fourth line.”

Gilman is best known as Vancouver’s adept manager of the salary cap. And while he doesn’t particularly like being typecast as a “capologist,” there’s nothing wrong these days with being known as a numbers guy. Not in the age of analytics.

In fact, analytics promises to be a main pillar of the new Flyers regime with general manager Ron Hextall, who before today’s announcement in Philadelphia was considered a prime candidate for the Vancouver job.

Now, all that being said, the favorite to replace Mike Gillis remains Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning, a former NHL defenseman who started his post-playing career in scouting. (Given Vancouver’s new president of hockey operations, Trevor Linden, has identified the club’s dearth of NHL-ready prospects as a weakness, it’s safe to say that scouting will be a main pillar of the new Canucks regime.)

Gilman may also suffer from his association with Gillis, who became the main target of fan dissatisfaction before he was fired.

Related: Linden wants new Canucks GM by end of May

  1. imleftcoast - May 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    How would a guy who never played or was a scout fix the Vancouver scouting organization?

  2. steverolley - May 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    So was he the “capologist” who came up with Lou’s contract? Just looking at Vancouver’s cap situation the last couple years I don’t think anyone should be calling Gilman a “salary cap expert”

  3. joey4id - May 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Well. You’ve had guys who have played and scouted, and have failed. It’s more important to assess his what he can bring to a team. Not everyone has to come from playing in the NHL and scouting. You can learn a lot from being around a professional hockey team if you’re attentive and willing to work. Think of it as hockey university.

  4. muckleflugga - May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    just what you want, some inexperienced dipsh it from hockey university running a multi-million dollar team’s player operation … lmao get some oxygen

    coaching or managing experience in the minors, rather than assistant managing experience is where the schooling begins … passing grades don’t rate, only championships rate

    see scott bowman’s move from winning history in junior to winning history in the nhl, all involving significant influence on his own general managers

    what all prospective gms need is an in to the old boy club, something only players with extended careers involving exposure to managing as careers wind-down really make the grade … stevie’s the best example in the present

    that being said, brian burke went to an assistant gm, but one clearly respected throughout the league at every level

    time will tell

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