Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Nervous Twitching In Lotus Land

Now that Mike Gillis seems to be a lock for the new GM spot in Vancouver, does that mean he's going to re-sign Markus Naslund who is still officially his client as a player agent? Naslund has already said he won't return to Vancouver if Alain Vigneault is still coach next year.

Actually, if Vigneault is still coach next year, a lot of fans won't return either. Vigneault-coached hockey is simply the most boring exercise in futility ever displayed on ice.

Vigneault was an assistant coach in Ottawa's first year in the league and he has seemingly never gotten over it. Opposition teams blasted so many goals by Peter Sidorkiewiecz and a laughable defense led by Brad Marsh that something must have snapped in Vigneault's brain. It's almost like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Flashing red lights send him into an apocalyptic fit and his assistant Rick Bowness has to hit him over the head with a shovel to calm him down.

Regardless, Gillis is highly regarded in hockey circles despite being a hard-nosed negotiator as a player agent.

But there should be a word of caution here. Remember Michael Barnett, the player agent who turned GM and presided over the disastrous Phoenix Coyotes?

Something to think about.

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