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'New voice needed': Mike Gillis fired as Canucks GM and President, owner Aquilini to speak Wednesday

Mike Gillis talks about trading Roberto Luongo, just before the NHL
Mike Gillis talks about trading Roberto Luongo, just before the NHL's 2014 Trade Deadline.
— image credit: YouTube screenshot (Canucks)

Mike Gillis has been relieved of his duties as the Vancouver Canucks' general manager and President, as per a team press release on Tuesday.

The night before – Monday – the Canucks lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks and were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time in Gillis's tenure with Vancouver.

"The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike's leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed," said team chairman Francesco Aquilini.

"I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season... We haven't met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal."

Gillis was hired in the summer of 2008 to replace the just-dismissed Dave Nonis as the team's GM. Under his watch and through six seasons, the Canucks won five Northwest Division titles and the team won the Western Conference Championship in 2011, en route to its third-ever visit to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.

The team also won two Presidents' Trophies, in 2011 and 2012.

In the past two seasons however, the Canucks have faltered from a league-best regular season in 2012 and have fallen out of Cup contention, culminating in this year's second-half collapse.

No replacement has been named for Canucks' GM and President, although rumours were swirling on Tuesday morning around past players and past captains Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund.

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