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Canucks' GM Lied During Sunday's Press Conference to Save Face, Fails Miserably

Published January 23, 2023 at 3:40 PM
BY JON
The whole Vancouver Canucks/Bruce Boudreau debacle showed the entire hockey world the ugly underbelly of professional sports. The carelessness with which the Canucks' management has approached the situation is puzzling, to say the least.

GM Patrik Allvin and President Jim Rutherford are under intense scrutiny over their decisions and the explanations they've given afterwards. One specific incident from Sunday's press conference with new head coach Rick Tocchet is garnering attention from critics.

GM Patrik Allvin said he made the decision to dismiss Boudreau "as of today (Sunday)" and that the organization "thanked him" for his contributions.

There are two noteworthy points that point to Allvin's words being an outright lie:

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1) Tocchet reportedly has a clause in his contract with TNT which stipulates he needed to give at least 4 weeks' notice of departure should he land an NHL job
2) Per Elliotte Friedman of 32 Thoughts: the Podcast, Canucks' owner Francesco Aquilini and Rutherford met with Tocchet the Friday after the NHL's Winter Classic (January 6th)

Friedman's report was partially corroborated by Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff, who says that management wanted to make the change sooner but was vetoed by ownership. Probably because Aquilini didn't want to pay three coaches at once.

To summarize...somebody is lying here. All signs point to Vancouver's management, as they have the most reason to lie in order to save face and/or cover their own hides.

Furthermore, the organization's credibility cannot be trusted at this point, ipso facto the trust is gone. So can you really trust anything they say at this point?

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