If anyone cares ... I think this was an owner influenced decision. Gillis has been neutered.
gary lawless @garylawless
NHL source tells me John Tortorella has been offered #Canucks job and two sides are close to a deal #nhl #canucks Torts will coach Canucks
Brad Ziemer @BradZiemer
Am told Tortorella just spotted boarding United Flight 323 from Denver to Vancouver. Can't imagine he's coming for another interview...
Ben Kuzma @benkuzma
Kept hearing from NHL sources that ownership was "very involved" in hiring process, wanted tempered kick-ass approach. Hello Torts. #canucks