Dave Nonis, general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, was fired this afternoon after three seasons with the club.
TSN broke the news earlier today. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s probably because their very own Darren Dreger and Nonis just happen to be first cousins.
Under his tenure, Nonis led the Canucks to the playoffs only once in the last three years, a disappointing record that probably influenced the club’s decision. Canucks Chairman Franceso Aquilini thanked Nonis for his contribution to the team, with the customary pat on the back and polite handshake before giving him the traditional boot up the backside.
Prior to being GM for the Canucks, Nonis spent six years as Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for the franchise.
In a strange case of irony, Nonis replaced GM Brian Burke in May 2004, and latest reports indicate that the Canucks are now looking at Burke to take over as GM once again.
So boys and girls, for all you budding GM's out there, it's important to listen to your parents when they say to play nice. It just might help you later on in life.
As a side note: Me thinks the Toronto Maple Leafs might have to sweeten their offer now if they want to stay in the hunt for a new GM. Perhaps they can hold a car wash or have a Bingo night at the ACC to raise money. After all, we all know how cash strapped they are.