Gillis: Canucks on right track

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

It'll take some time to get over the sudden second round exit but Canucks' GM Mike Gillis is already looking ahead to next season.

"We're going to give everyone the breathing space to think before pushing our agenda," said Gillis at the year end press conference Thursday.

"I think we are well on our way to creating the foundation here moving forward in terms of character and style of play."

The biggest question mark on this team is the future of the Sedin twins, who will both be getting a raise from the $3.575 million they made this past season.

"Our objective is to get them signed long term so that they can be the players we build around," said Gillis. "As people I think they are exactly what we want to have in this organization."

The first-year GM began his offseason moves yesterday by resigning forward Steve Bernier to a two-year contract.

"This is huge," said Bernier Thursday. "Two-year [deal] doesn't mean anything if you don't work hard and you don't show what you can do on the ice, that's the next step and I'm very excited to do it."

As for coach Alain Vigneault, who was also at the press conference, any rumours of him being replaced was dispelled by Gillis as he intends to keep the entire coaching staff.


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