Canucks trying to self-evaluate before trade deadline
The Canucks have been spiraling out of control. Things are not turning out well for them and now much of things fall on their general manager Mike Gillis and how he handles the situation. In that response, Gillis said that he would play it safe for the trade and would only opt for it in case he saw an opportunity that would greatly benefit the team and they would be capable of digging themselves out of the hole that they dug.
With the Canucks having their first season under head coach John Tortorella, they will have to get some players that are capable of turning the tide of the match now and then and some talent for the new coach to work on and develop into players for the franchise.
Before this when the running was good for the Canucks, Gillis was dutiful in landing a few good players at least into the roster that would serve as good players for the future. They often turned out to be the players that would end up turning the tide of the match and being responsible for leading the Canucks to the playoffs.
Gills said that he was mindful of things that were happening around him and was not neglecting anything. He said he was aware of what was going on in the trade and would only make a move if it was certain that he was getting players that would spell huge difference in the game.
“I wouldn’t rule out anything,” Gillis said. “But I don’t think making a deal guarantees you get in. We made deals at the deadline the last two years and lost in the first round.”
He added that during the course of the last 5 years he had been focusing on adding players to the roster that would bolster their game.
“In the past five years, we’ve been chasing players to try to improve a team we thought had an opportunity to win,” he said. “It’s very interesting that a story like (Ryan Kesler) gets reported and all of a sudden my phone is ringing off hook. And teams want to not only talk about that but all kinds of things.”