Canucks GM Mike Gillis says team has to get back to what made it successful
Summary of 6 articles · Updated Apr 4, 2014
Gillis seemed to admit Thursday that was the wrong course for the franchise. And with the Canucks set to miss the playoffs for the first time in six years, Gillis spoke candidly on Team 1040 radio on Thursday, appearing to take a shot at embattled head coach John Tortorella. Tortorella's comments came a day after Gillis went on a Vancouver radio station and called for the club to play a more possession-oriented, up-tempo style of play. The Canucks are six points behind the Dallas Stars for the second Western Conference wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with five games left. The Stars hold a game in hand. Go back to after the season: The GM is still talking about skill; owner Francesco Aquilini cut a five-year contract to a guy in Tortorella that he felt could come in, take the roster, play a different style and get better results. "I don't think we got fully healthy, but I did not do a good enough job of getting us back to the style that we should be playing when we were banged up there. We were conservative. We had to be."
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