Dave Nonis Sacked by Vancouver Canucks

Eric MacLachlanCorrespondent IApril 14, 2008

The Vancouver Canucks fired General Manager Dave Nonis. Although many people talked about the move, very few actually thought he would be fired now.

Nonis has constantly been criticized for his lack of acquisitions this past summer and for failing to land Brad Richards at the trade deadline.

He came in after Brian Burke and was praised instantly for landing Roberto Luongo, but has failed to give Luongo any help in trying to win a Stanley Cup.

Nonis tried to ride Burke's team, only acquiring Luongo and changing the fourth line every year. He won a total of one round and missed the playoffs twice in his tenure. Nonis continued to ride Daniel, Henrik, and Markus despite their lack of production when games mattered.

Will Alain Vigneault be next? With a new GM coming in Alain will definitely be on the hot seat, and if Vancouver starts off slowly, do not expect the GM to continue with Alain. 

No replacement has been named yet. Could Brian Burke come back? Burke has been rumored for the Toronto Maple Leafs job, but Vancouver could try to bring him back and let him finish what he started.

Love him or hate him he was unfairly fired and is the best General Manager in the NHL. Aquilini has no problem with Burke so it is realistic.

All I can say is, if he is available, BRING BACK BURKE!