Nonis gets the boot
I'm tied up at the moment, but Canucks GM Dave Nonis has unexpectedly been given the axe tonight in Vancouver.
There had been some speculation recently that Brian Burke could potentially return under the team's new ownership group. Assistant GM Steve Tambellini is the other sure bet to be in the running here.
Nonis was also on the brink of signing Swedish free agent Fabian Brunnstrom.
“The decision to relieve Dave of his duties was difficult,” explained Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Vancouver Canucks. “We want to thank Dave for the many contributions he has made helping to build our organization during his tenure. However, I think this important change in leadership is critical to the future of the team and the direction we need to take. It’s not acceptable to our fans or to us as owners that our team isn’t in the playoffs.”
“As owners we made a commitment to deliver the kind of hockey our fans deserve. At the same time, with leadership comes responsibility. So, our search begins today for a new general manager, and our focus going forward is on a winning season in 2008-09.”
Nonis had one year remaining on his contract.