|Canucks hire Mike Gillis as general manager|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 23 April 2008 10:21|
Gillis replaces Dave Nonis, who was fired April 14 after the Canucks missed the playoffs one season after winning the Northwest Division.
Vancouver finished the season with a 39-33-10 record, three points out of eighth place in the Western Conference. The 49-year-old Gillis, who signed a five-year deal, will decide whether to keep coach Alain Vigneault.
The Canucks have leading goaltender Roberto Luongo, but need more talent around him to contend for a Stanley Cup, Gillis said. His job as an agent to such stars as Pavel Bure and Bobby Holik makes him well-suited to make player decisions, he said.
``I've been forced to evaluate players very early,'' Gillis said at the news conference. ``At the most, I've represented about 20 players in any given year in the NHL.
``I think this team needs to get faster, I think it needs more grit, I think it needs to be more competitive. They have a solid defense, solid goaltending, but there are a number of areas that need to be addressed.''