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Could the Vancouver Canucks Lose Laurence Gilman to Flames GM Job?

Vancouver Canucks vice-president of hockey operations and assistant general manager Laurence Gilman could be interviewed by Brian Burke and the Calgary Flames for their vacant general manager position.

The Flames fired general manager Jay Feaster and his assistant John Weisbrod earlier this week.

Gilman was the director of hockey operations between 1999 and 2002 and assistant general manager between 2002 and 2007 with the Phoenix Coyotes. He joined the Canucks shortly after Mike Gillis was hired as general manager in 2008.

After 14 years as a hockey executive, Gilman might be ready to move on into a position where he is ‘the man’—that is assuming he isn’t with the Canucks.

In title, Gillis is the general manager of the Canucks, but it has been well-publicized Gilman does quite a bit of the heavy lifting.

From his biography on Canucks.com:

In his role as Vice President of Hockey Operations & Assistant General Manager, Gilman is the chief negotiator of all player contracts and the head of amateur scouting. Gilman oversees the development and implementation of the Hockey Operations budget including: player contract negotiation, player transactions and salary arbitration. Gilman is also responsible for the administration and application of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the development of the club’s strategic salary cap plan.

And Gillis:

Gillis is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Canucks Sports & Entertainment working in partnership with Chief Operating Officer, Victor de Bonis. He provides strategic leadership to the Hockey Operations Department, overseeing the Canucks top minor league affiliates, negotiating player contracts and executing viable, long-term strategies for player growth and development.

Gilman is ‘the man’ in action and I don’t imagine his role will be much different working under Burke, who is the Flames’ president of hockey operations, as a ‘general manager’.

Montreal Canadiens assistant general manager Rick Dudley was linked to the Buffalo Sabres general manager job, but opted to sign a more lucrative deal to remain with the Canadiens. So it’s not unheard of for an assistant general manager to stay put instead of taking a general manager job.

I’d expect a more lucrative contract to be on the horizon for Gilman to keep him with team.

There perhaps could be a reshuffling of the Canucks hockey operations staff as well. Maybe moving Gillis to President of Canucks Sports & Entertainment and Hockey Operations and Gilman as vice-president of hockey operations and general manager.

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