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Bellowing From the Moose

05/23/2008 at 11:59am EDT

It’s no secret that the Vancouver Canucks are running through a lot of changes lately—so what’s another one? From Ken Wiebe at the Winnipeg Sun:

Moose general manager Craig Heisinger confirmed the Vancouver Canucks will be supplying prospects for the upcoming season, but what Heisinger said—and more importantly, the way he said it—suggests an extension with the parent club might not be in the cards.

“We’ll be with Vancouver, we have one year left in our agreement and we will fulfil that obligation,” said Heisinger. “I said we will fulfill our obligation for one more year. That’s what we will do. At this time next year, we’ll re-evaluate that situation. It’s a completely new management structure there, so we’ll see how it goes.”

And some editorializing from Wiebe:

This was hardly a glowing endorsement for the Canucks or new GM Mike Gillis, but obviously more time is needed before the two sides can get to know one another better. [...]

Now everything is up in the air.

Gillis has been holding organizational meetings since taking over the job and there were suggestions the Canucks showed limited interest during the Calder Cup playoffs by not sending Gillis to any games in the series between the Moose and Syracuse Crunch.

We understand there are many pressing issues for Gillis, but he should have made time to get out to a game, especially after saying in his introductory press conference that player development was one area that needs to improve dramatically.

This was seen as a slap in the face to the Moose organization, which has found and developed players for Vancouver.

read more, but that’s the gist of it.

Off the top of my head, the only other thing worth mentioning on the topic is that the indestructible Mike Keane had said a few weeks ago that his decision about whether to retire depended on Vancouver’s new GM. Since Keane signed a new contract with the Moose yesterday, at least someone in Manitoba is getting along with Gillis and optimistic about the future.

Hopefully they’ll work it out. Winnipeg is a great hockey market and that team and their coaching is an asset to the Canucks as well.

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