Clock ticking on Vancouver Canucks' Mike Gillis

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis speaks to the media after announcing the firing of...

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis speaks to the media after announcing the firing of head coach Alain Vigneault in Vancouver, British Columbia May 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

Roberto Luongo still is a Vancouver Canuck today. Alain Vigneault is not.

What is wrong with that picture?

With almost the entire hockey world expecting Luongo to be traded as early as a year ago in order to bring some much-needed assets to Vigneault's Canucks, general manager Mike Gillis opted not to pull the trigger. Whether the offers were ridiculously low or the asking price was too high, the ensuing dysfunctional soap opera hovered around the team like a bad stench for the entire 2013 season, one that ended with a second consecutive first-round playoff exit.

Now, after the veteran coach paid the price and was fired Wednesday, Vigneault is gone.

Luongo is not.


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