The Nonis split
Online vote: Did Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini make the right choice in firing GM Dave Nonis?I find the split over whether Dave Nonis should have been fired fascinating. Generally when a coach or GM is axed, it's either universally applauded or panned — and more often its the former.
Part of the reason Nonis is a toughy is that this team is poised to potentially put together a strong cast for 2008-09, and I can easily envision a scenario where Nonis is being lauded for his dirty work when this team potentially takes off.
There's no question, Aquilini's press conference was anything but confidence-inspiring for Canucks fans, but we're really not going to know whether the franchise falls on its face until the new manager is put in place.
And maybe not even then.
So far, however, the Vancouver media is pretty heavily in the Nonis camp, led by the Sun's Iain MacIntyre (who sounds downright inconsolable lately). I agree with Tom Benjamin, it could get ugly, and maybe this franchise's history dictates a certain degree of pessimism. But the sky hasn't yet fallen, and Vancouver's white knight is one good hire away.
While the owner's nervous press conference ramblings are being dissected bit by bit in search of answers, the fact is, if the team was going to make a firing, it should have been now — and it doesn't necessarily demand that a candidate be instantly available. Very little will take part in NHL front offices over the next seven weeks while the playoffs run their course, and that's plenty of time to instill an action plan.
With what we know, is it honest to say the "Canucks losing starts now?" And was Fabian Brunnstrom worth putting the organization on hold?
How can we know?