Mar 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) and his team react from the bench against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks fire general manager Mike Gillis

A day after the Vancouver Canucks were officially eliminated from NHL playoff contention, the team has announced that general manager and president Mike Gillis has been fired.

Francesco Aquilini, chairman of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, said in a release via ESPN.com -

“On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure. 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.”

This leaves Canucks coach John Tortorella, who’s future had been in question anyway, in a bit of a quandary. Tortorella signed a 5-year contract last season, but has been under heavy fire for the under-performance of the team, as well as an altercation outside the Calgary Flames locker room that got him suspended for three games.

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