The Vancouver Canucks fired Mike Gillis as president and general manager in 2014, but in recent days speculation had bubbled up that the team may be interested in bringing him back. In fact, reports had surfaced that owner Francesco Aquilini had contacted Gillis to gauge his interest in returning to a role with the club. That report was firmly denied by Aquilini this afternoon, when he took to Twitter to explain that he has not contacted Gillis and has no plans to do so.
This isn’t the first time that Aquilini has had to correct the record, as earlier this month he tweeted in response to a report that Dean Lombardi had been offered the job of team president.
Vancouver has been operating without a president of hockey operations since Trevor Linden left the organization last summer. GM Jim Benning has been running things, and seemingly has the franchise on track given the superb performances from young players like Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat this season.