After a chorus of boos and “Fire Gillis!” rained down as the Vancouver Canucks left the ice last night, it appears some change could be coming soon. The 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks officially eliminated Vancouver from playoff contention. It has been a frustrating and disappointing season which has turned into a media circus due to shoddy management and the John Tortorella Show.
Well, it appears things will have to get worse, before things get better:
Hearing whispers that perhaps change is coming sooner rather than later with the Canucks, perhaps as soon as today or tomorrow…
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 8, 2014
LeBrun went on to speculate that this could be either a coaching change or a decision on the fate of Canucks GM Mike Gillis (who last week speculated on Vancouver radio that he would be fired).
Right now it is unclear who is steering the ship in Vancouver, as ownership is believed to have driven the hiring of head coach John Tortorella and was instrumental in shipping out Roberto Luongo at the trade deadline. Now, it may be the fans influencing ownership’s decisions, as reported by Nick Kypreos:
Interesting timing regard’ rumblings of front office #Canucks changes. A source claims big reason is season tix renewals down significantly
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) April 8, 2014
While I understand ownership needs to make a change if things are not working, but they have yet to make a decision this year that has served to improve the team. Also, using the mood of the fanbase as a barometer for change is concerning. Fire Tortorella or Gillis if you feel they are not the right candidates for the job, not for the appearance of making a change to keep butts in seats.
The Canucks have not indicated whether the rumors are true, and as of right now no press conference is scheduled to announce anything. Stay tuned to Too Many Men On The Site and our twitter page for the latest updates!