Markus Naslund's former agent is now the Vancouver Canucks' new general manager, but that doesn't mean the unrestricted free agent captain has a future with the club.
"You want to look at what kind of team is it going to be, what role they want from me if I were to come back," Naslund said yesterday. "All those things are going to play in. That's why it's so difficult to say."
Naslund said last month that he was going to examine his future and even ponder whether to retire.
Brendan Morrison said his agent has briefly talked with Gillis about a new deal. He offered support for head coach Alain Vigneault, whose future has not been defined by Gillis.
"Last year, he was the coach of the year. I don't think you forget how to coach in a year," Morrison said. "There were a lot of factors that worked against our team this year, and I think we all realized that was part of our outcome."
Meanwhile, Gillis made the surprising hiring of retired 20-year veteran Scott Mellanby as a consultant. The 41-year-old St. Louis resident played for five NHL clubs and served as captain of the Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers.
"I'm just going to be there to assist any way I can," said Mellanby, who said Gillis contacted him two weeks ago. "I have a lot to offer and I have a lot to learn."