Mike Gillis has faced enough criticism for trading away Cody Hodgson and proceeding to take shots at him through the press as a way of convincing the public.
What would make it worse is if one of the pieces coming the other way left after just 14 games with the team. But that's what the Canucks are looking at, as Marc-Andre Gragnani is set to become a restricted free agent.
Gragnani, as he displayed in the 2010/11 playoffs, has the ability to be a great offensive defenseman. But is that what the Canucks are looking for?
The Canucks blue line is already notorious for pinching to keep the puck in more than any other team, and with Gragnani in the lineup, it could become too costly.
Instead, the Canucks priority will likely be to find a responsible young defenseman that they have confidence in for the long-run.
On the other hand, Mike Gillis might re-sign Gragnani simply to display confidence in the trade that saw Hodgson leave Vancouver.
Personally, I am a big Gragnani fan and hope he returns. The Canucks will still need to make some defensive changes, as Gragnani has some defensive development to do before he can get the go-ahead for 82 games.