When the Vancouver Canucks fired general manager Mike Gillis earlier this week, it was easy to look at the negatives. Vancouver has stumbled badly this season, and Gillis' maladroit handling of a complex goaltending situation may have been a firing offence all on its own.
But for all that, Gillis also leaves behind an impressive record. In six seasons at the helm, Vancouver made the playoffs five times, posted the NHL's best regular-season record twice and came within a single game of its first Stanley Cup. The first five years of Gillis' tenure were arguably the best in franchise history.
That's why other top hockey executives should be sweating under the collar right now. If Gillis can be fired for what is essentially one bad season, so can men with lesser accomplishments.
Which general managers deserve to be nervous? Read on for our list, with candidates presented in alphabetic order.
Statistics courtesy of NHL.com and current through the start of action on April 11.