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Canucks fire GM Gillis to save brand

With Vancouver fans turning back on team, owner acts to save sinking ship

Updated: April 8, 2014, 8:25 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

One of the reasons there were so many reports hinting at John Tortorella's demise as Vancouver head coach over the past couple of weeks, including one from me, is that it was clear that's exactly what the Canucks front office wanted.

General manager Mike Gillis made that abundantly clear last week in a radio interview on the Team 1040 in Vancouver when he essentially threw Tortorella under the bus when speaking of the team's style of play.

It was as much a message to ownership as ...

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