Mike Gillis, the Problem... and Mike Gillis' problem?
posted at 6/19/2011 1:37 PM EDT
I don't post here much - pls. forgive whatever ground I may be recovering. I have known a fair # of professional athletes and been around MLB and NFL teams time to time.
This echoes something I posted in another thread, but after posting that, I found this:http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup/story/2011/06/17/sp-canucks-gillis-improvements.html
Rarely have I seen a GM seem so out of his depth as Mike Gillis. His attitude of "we should have won" ... is basically a losers' attitude. The Canucks are fortunate to have players with skill sets as good as the Sedins, Luongo and others.
Their talents will continue to be wasted until someone in that organization mans up and says "the team that plays the best wins." And yet here is Gillis talking about "another era of hockey" .... and most here are probably familiar with his other quotes about how he considers the Canucks superior to the Bruins in every way.
I'm convinced that the Canucks REAL problem is Mike Gillis. Organizations get their culture from their leadership, and he has set a tone of whining, of a sense of entitlement (what do you think Phil Jackson would say about THAT?), of blame. It's impossible to think of Scotty Bowman saying the things Mike Gillis does. He ought to think on that, hard.
I actually feel bad for some of the Canuck players, because they need a strong administration to step up to them and say "boys, it wasn't good enough. We know how much you did, and it was a fine effort, but we're not there yet. Let us show you what else we need to do."
Until their players get that guidance, they will never maximize their potential and become champs.
And at this point, it's impossible not to see Gillis' antics as intense sour grapes. I'm not going to pose as an NHL insider at all - anyone have any idea what happened there? Last time I heard of him, he was a journeyman defenseman for the B's, not especially dissed by the fans or team?
Maybe he had a bitter parting with the B's front office?
Other than Gillis' general problem of not having a winning make-up, does anyone know specifically what his problem with the Bruins is?