The Vancouver Canucks have fired GM Dave Nonis. Nonis' team has missed the playoffs 2 of the 3 years that he was in charge. "The decision to relieve Dave of his duties was difficult,” explained Canucks chairman Francesco Aquilini in a statement. "We want to thank Dave for the many contributions he has made helping to build our organization during his tenure. However, I think this important change in leadership is critical to the future of the team and the direction we need to take. It's not acceptable to our fans or to us as owners that our team isn't in the playoffs." Rumors are already flying that Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke could be on his way back to Vancouver to become the new GM. Brochu's take: Nonis took a lot of criticism for his lack of movement at the trade deadline, and it appears Aquilini wants to impose his will on the team. Expect a lot more changes to come, especially concerning the future of coach Alain Vigneault. Source
*** 9:42 PM PST Update *** Farhan Lalji of TSN is reporting on TEAM 1040 radio in Vancouver that a decision is already made on who the new GM will be, and there are rumours that Trevor Linden could be involved in the management in some capacity.