This one caught me completely by surprise. Sure, it was a disappointing year, but I figured he would have this summer to try and fix the problems. I guess Aquilini wanted his own guy as GM. From what I heard from Ryan Kesler on the radio, he was shocked and very disappointed. I think Nonis could have done some good things for the franchise this summer, but then again, I’m not an owner. I feel bad for Nonis, everyone says he is a very nice man. I hope it works out for him. This news makes the off season even more interesting and causes many more questions.
Who is the new GM?
Who gets resigned? Nazzy? Mo?
Does AV get fired too?
Reports were saying Nonis was very close to signing super Swedish prospect Fabian Brunnstrom, does that still happen with Nonis gone?
If Trev Linden is retiring, does he still get a position with Canucks management if he wants it?
Do the prospects like Edler, Raymond, and Bourdon stay with the Canucks?
There is a press conference scheduled for 11 am tomorrow morning, so some questions may get answered. This off season will not be boring, that’s for sure.
Updated: So the press conference was kind of a gong show. Aquilini was dodging the difficult questions, and kept repeating the word leadership over and over again. But then couldn’t explain what his definition of leadership was. He said that Nonis was fired because he wants a competitive team long term, but then kept talking about he and the fans being disappointed they missed the playoffs. It doesn’t sound like he has much of a plan. Maybe he’s just a poor public speaker. I can sympathize with that, because I find it terrifying. But I’m sure not filled with confidence about this whole situation.