The Vancouver Canucks have relieved Vice President, Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager, Laurence Gilman, Assistant General Manager, Lorne Henning and Director, Player Personnel, Eric Crawford of their duties.
“On behalf of our entire organization I would like to sincerely thank Laurence, Lorne and Eric for their commitment and dedication to the Vancouver Canucks,” said Trevor Linden. “They have been important members of our staff for a long time and made significant contributions to the success of this team. Further still, they are great people and respected members of the hockey community.”
“We have made some difficult decisions to our roster and staff recently after a thorough review of the team,” continued Linden. “These are not easy decisions, nor were they taken lightly. But they’re important as we transition this team and build for the future.”
Gilman and Henning were brought to the Canucks organization by Mike Gillis, back in 2008. Together, the trio oversaw the most successful period of hockey in Canucks history. Eric Crawford, who is the brother of former Canucks coach Marc Crawford, has been with the organization since 2002.
Laurence Gilman was credited with his management of the salary cap, as well as his work signing player contracts.
From @botchford‘s Kassian article yesterday: “I refuse to believe everyone in there was on board this trade.”
— Rob The Hockey Guy (@RobTheHockeyGuy) July 2, 2015
Shuffling out Gilman and Henning suggests that there may have been a rift in the Canucks’ front office about which direction the team should take. Were Gilman and Henning on board with trading Eddie Lack and Zack Kassian? And the Luca Sbisa contract didn’t appear to have Gilman’s fingerprints on it. Perhaps we will find out more in the coming days.