Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis says players will not waive no-trade clauses
In his statement, he confirmed the news and added they always honored the contracts they formed but in case a player had some serious issue then they would readily hear it and then make a decision.
“It is a fluid business and there are circumstances where a player may choose to move on,” Gillis said. “Those discussions occur periodically and, no, I haven’t wavered on a basic principle that when we make a deal with somebody that we stick to it, so, no, I’m not wavering.”
He added that he stuck to a deal he made and always delivered from his end. However, special circumstances would be entertained.
“When I make a deal with somebody and they have requested and are granted a no-trade clause, we respect that,” he said. “In the event a player came to us and asked if things could be changed, then we’ll listen to it.”
There was speculation that the no-trade clause was being objected on behalf of the players and they wanted it removed. Gills dismissed the speculation, saying that it was just air and there was no player who had objection with it and had personally brought that issue to him.
“When you ask players to sacrifice in terms of dollars, they like some measure of guarantee that their sacrifices will be rewarded,” Gillis said. “That’s how these clauses come about.
He did say certain leniency was present in the contracts but the reason for their implementation was simply to avoid a team from disintegration. He said it was smart to get a team together and then show them they have to work together.
“There are circumstances that are fluid. Teams trade players with no-trade clauses all the time. It’s part of doing business under this CBA,” he said. “It’s part of trying to assemble a team and keeping it together. You have to make decisions on people that you believe are long-term people for your hockey club and that’s what we’ve done.”