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Yes, the Canucks owner is serious about winning a Stanley Cup

Jul 5, 2014, 9:21 AM EDT

Francesco Aquilini Getty Images

With GM Jim Benning and President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden running things in Vancouver, Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini has to like where things are headed.

Fans in Vancouver will be happy to know the owner is truly all about winning the Stanley Cup as Greg Douglas at the Vancouver Sun shared.

“Winning a Stanley Cup is everything,” Aquilini told attendees at a BC Business Top 100 gathering on Thursday. “If you don’t want to win the Stanley Cup, you shouldn’t own a team. I’m learning about the ups and downs of the business and realize the success of the hockey team is not in my control.”

Good thing he’s hired people like Linden and Benning then to be in control of the hockey decisions. It’s also a curious thing given the mess the team got into last summer when they hired John Tortorella to coach the team. That was a move then GM Mike Gillis wasn’t eager to make, but Aquilini reportedly wanted to happen very badly after firing Alain Vigneault.

Now the Canucks have a former team legend in charge, a smart hockey man as GM, and a new coach in Willie Desjardins who has had success in the AHL. See Vancouver? Things are looking up.

  1. roblo76 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    This team would get mopped up by the 2011 team…and that team couldn’t win. Best of luck. Lulz

    • micasa81 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Tell us something we don’t already know. I think you missed the point of the article. Nowhere was there any assertion the team is close right now to winning a Cup. It was about the owner’s willingness to keep his mitts off the team’s operation, get the right people in the decision-making roles and build up for another run in a few years. If, indeed, he can stay out of his team’s way, and if the new hires turn out to be as good as they look at the moment, then things actually do look pretty positive for the Canucks.

      • roblo76 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        There was zero point to the article. I’m pretty sure 29 other NHL owners would say they want to win a Cup, too.

      • blomfeld - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Newsflash Mia Casa !

        The Aquilini brothers are nothing but a bunch of ‘micro-managing’ freaks, be that the Canucks, their real estate investments, their blue berry farms, or their women (I know that only too well thanks to a friend of mine who is one of them). Regardless, the bottom line is that Francesco has recently become ‘frightened’ by the lackluster season ticket renewal sales thus far (especially corporate) and therefore he’s now been ‘forced’ into saying ‘that’ which he believes is necessary in-order to convince the sheep to return to his pasture (people such as you). So while it’s all understandable in the greater scheme of things, the fact is that his herd is now in the process of being ‘culled’ by at least 30%, with further culling likely to be soon on the way.

        summary: no tears from me, as these men have been slum lords for decades !

    • imleftcoast - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Headline didn’t say ‘this year.’ He just wants to win it some year.

    • nobandwagoners - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      the point of the article, @roblo76, is that Aquilini is saying that he’s learnt his lesson and will let the people he hired actually do their jobs without his meddling. Which, if true, is a significant and good thing for Canuck fans.

  2. dolphincult - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Ah yes. Funny how all those Canuck Jerseys and support have evaporated here in British Columbia. I don’t hear anyone paying $1000 for a pair of tickets now. Total fairweather fan base. The people who I feel sorry for are all the hard core canuck fans who suffered thru all the mediocrity and didn’t get the cup they deserved when they finally had a superb team. Even though they were outnumbered 50 to 1 by the bandwagoners.

  3. lordfletcher - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    If they make the playoffs, that would be a huge success!

    All of these teams are substantially better than them and in no order… (last years playoff teams – all got stronger – scary) Colorado / St Louis / Chicago / Anaheim / San Jose / Los Angeles / Minnesota / Dallas

    good luck

  4. blomfeld - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM


    LOL ! How come you don’t see people wearing their $300.00 ‘Made in Upper Volta’ Canuckle jerseys around town here anymore ? What a joke eh ? :)

    • puckoff70 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      All this video shows is that the canucks need an equipment manager so the players can focus on playing hockey instead of tuning their equipment.

    • nightfireop - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      that canucks drop logo sequence was pretty sweet 😀

  5. chief361 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    him and 29 other GMs.

  6. flyerguy73 - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    They have Miller now! He helped the Blues win the Stanley cup this year. Oh wait a minute, he was a FLOP. Idiots.

  7. christopher39 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Have fun trying to get out of pacific division if you do against California

    • blomfeld - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Don’t worry Chris … we’ve got these bastards covered ‘big time’ man !!! :) :) :)

      Projected 2014-15 WC ‘final’ standings as per Leni Rosenblaum @ Der Spiegel Sports

      1) LA Kings
      2) Anaheim Ducks
      3) San Jose Sharks

      12) Calgary Flames
      13) Edmonton Oilers
      14) Vancouver Canucks

      CALIFORNIA RULES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  8. rugbychem - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    The slumlords have damaged the brandl even beyond the Iron Mike / Mark Messier / run Linden out of town era. Vancouver will suffer until they get responsible, honest ownership.

  9. rugbychem - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    The slumlords have damaged the brand even beyond the Iron Mike / Mark Messier / run Linden out of town era. Vancouver will suffer until they get responsible, honest ownership.

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