Gillis gives you his high five

 

5 THINGS THE SUN SAID MUST BE THE NEXT CANUCKS GM'S PRIORITIES:

 
 
 
 
 

5 THINGS THE SUN SAID MUST BE THE NEXT CANUCKS GM'S PRIORITIES:

1. Find some offence. It was the downfall of the Nonis regime and led to a lot of frustrating nights.

2. Talk to Roberto Luongo. The franchise goalie looked unhappy when the season ended and said he had to get out of Vancouver to clear his head. Does this sound like someone whose heart is here? Gotta find out. And quickly.

3. Settle on a playing style. Do they want to be a puck-possession team like Detroit (17 straight years in the playoffs) or a big, rough team like the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks of a year ago?

4. Cut ties with Markus Naslund. The longtime captain and franchise all-time leading scorer turns 35 this summer, he needs a new contract, but it's time for a mutual parting of ways.

5. Resist the urge to re-sign the Sedins to an extension this summer. The twins have another year before they become free agents. Who knows which way their careers will go? Wait until Christmas. See what they're doing. That's better than rushing into a big, long-term deal.

5 THINGS MIKE GILLIS SAID WILL BE HIS TOP PRIORITIES:

1. Deciding on a head coach. Mike Gillis says making a decision on his coach is the most important task he faces in the immediate future. He will sit down soon with current coach Alain Vigneault, who has a year left on his contract.

2. Gauge Roberto Luongo's long-term commitment to the organization. "Roberto is a priority," said Gillis. "If we don't have him as a priority, our shelf life with him is about two years."

3. Find more scoring. Gillis knows the Canucks need more punch up front. "Two or three additions [to the] group might make a vital change."

4. Settle on the status of captain Markus Naslund, a former Gillis client, who becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. "If we can't provide an environment that makes perfect sense for Markus to be here, then he won't be here," Gillis said.

5. Improve scouting and player development. "I've been forced to evaluate players very early," said the ex-agent. "At most, I've represented about 20 players in any given year in the NHL and, if I'm not correct in that evaluation, my family doesn't eat. I have to be right."

 
 
 
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