Monday, April 14, 2008

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.




At 9:54 p.m., April 14, 2008, Anonymous Canuck Fan For 30 Years said...

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

This day will go down as a black day for the organization.

At 10:12 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

It seems like only last year he was being trumpeted as executive-of-the-year for getting rid of Bertuzzi and bringing in Luongo...

At 10:13 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger Darren Barefoot said...

Yeah, that looks like ownership ego to me. He clearly didn't do enough at the trading deadline, but Nonis deserved at least another year.

So do we get Brunnstrom or not?

At 10:44 p.m., April 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Done Fransesco, good riddance Nonis!

At 10:54 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

This surprises me. I know fans and management were disappointed with this season, but I felt like Nonis deserved a chance to do something more interesting this year with some cap room and a good signed core. I'm not convinced they'll find an upgrade on Nonis.

At 11:23 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

I suspect this may have been about keeping Tambellini in the organization. Unless he got promoted in Vancouver, it was a pretty safe bet that he was going to be hired somewhere this summer as a GM.

Oh, and if Nonis can be fired, Bryan Murray had better not be hanging up any new pictures in his office either.

At 11:27 p.m., April 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black day? You have to be kidding me! Aside from the Luongo 'fleecing' this guy clearly couldn't deal himself out of a wet paper bag!

Every time I saw Dave Nonis it looked like he just got in from a snowball fight... not exactly a good quality or an NHL GM.

As on Oilers fan, I've got my fingers crossed for JFJ showing up here this summer!

At 12:35 a.m., April 15, 2008, Blogger Timothy said...

I suggested when they were eliminated that Canucks ownership had to determine this off-season whether or not Dave Nonis was the person they wanted to manage the team long-term. They could not let him continue with a one-year contract.

The Canucks are entering this off-season with maneuverability under the cap for the first time since it was implemented. Their decisions this off-season will have large ramifications on offense, re-signing the Sedins, Luongo, etc.

There is a lot to be said about ownership wanting their own man to run the team. The Acqulini's inherited Dave Nonis as their GM when they purchased the team. His contract was until the end of 08-09. Given how pivotal this off-season may be for the Canucks, it may have been the Acquilini's only opportunity to install their own man and give him the opportunity to build the team as he sees fit. If they were to delay this decision until Nonis' contract had expired a year from now, the new GM may have been haunted and handcuffed by long-term contracts signed by the old management. Or essentially, what the scenario that Toronto is in now.

Call me crazy and brash to judge, but if the Acquilini's felt that Dave Nonis was not their man, this is absolutely the right move at the right time. Delaying the decision a season would have been disastrous.

At 1:06 a.m., April 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brunnstrom sweepstakes is a joke. He is not even close being a top player in Elitserien, the top league in Sweden.

He is 23yrs. Sedin twins dominated that league when they were 19yrs. old.

As for Nonis? No big deal. Boring team with bad results. If you lose, lose with sizzle...

At 2:34 p.m., April 15, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Every time I saw Dave Nonis it looked like he just got in from a snowball fight... not exactly a good quality or an NHL GM.

Because we all know that's important in team-building. Clearly, Sam Pollock's real secret to genius was that dashing haircut.

Put me down with the people who figured he'd get one more year because of how devastated the blue line was this year. If he can't get a decent supporting cast around the Sedin Sisters and Luongo by then, can his ass.


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