Playoff-less Canucks fire general manager Mike Gillis
The Vancouver Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday, a day after being eliminated from playoff contention.
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Vancouver Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday, a day after being eliminated from playoff contention.
Gillis took over as general manager after the 2007-08 season. The Canucks advanced to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final under Gillis before losing to Boston, and since then the team has been in a steady decline.
The Canucks lost in the first round of the playoffs for two straight seasons before missing the postseason entirely for the first time since 2008. Vancouver fans appeared fed up with the team’s downturn and chanted for Gillis to be fired as the Canucks lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
• Alex Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to score 50 or more goals in a season five times as the Washington Capitals beat the host St. Louis Blues 4-1.
• The Philadelphia Flyers clinched a playoff berth by beating the host Florida Panthers 5-2.
• The host Minnesota Wild beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout to clinch a playoff berth.