While we haven’t had any player news yet, we are hearing about moves in the front office. Gillis hired a Capologist last week, Laurence Gilman, and has now hired Scott Mellanby, as a consultant to the Hockey Operations department. We still don’t know what he has decided on players for next season, or if AV will still be coaching, but I like that he seems to be getting some smart people to help him out. Mellanby sounds pretty bad ass.
-When he was playing in Florida, he killed a rat with his hockey stick in the dressing room. This led to fans throwing fake rats on the ice every time Florida scored, and made the NHL develop a rule about throwing things on the ice and introduced a delay of game for the home team.
-He jumped into a bar brawl to help out his buddy, and had his arm sliced up to hell by a broken beer bottle. Nerves and tendons were severed and all that. Mellanby then successfully sued people involved with the incident, claiming he would be a lesser player. He went on to score 30 goals.
-He could probably suit up next season and outplay the guys on our fourth line. But even if that doesn’t need to happen, I think his knowledge of players throughout the league, and his familiarity with them will be helpful for the Canucks.