Gillis gets his capologist in Gilman
According to Jason Botchford, the Canucks should have an announcement coming out very shortly regarding a new face in the organization.
"When he took the job, Gillis said his top priority was hiring a 'capologist' -- someone who understands the nuances of the collective bargaining agreement, is a good negotiator, has a constant eye on the market and knows the salary-cap situation of every team in the league inside-out."
"Gillis appears to have found his number-cruncher in Laurence Gilman, a longtime contract/CBA specialist with the Winnipeg Jets and Phoenix Coyotes who is expected to be unveiled shortly as the Canucks' newest executive."
"Gilman was with the Coyotes when Mike Barnett took over as general manager in 2001. Barnett promoted Gilman to assistant GM, a post where he did the types of things he will be doing in Vancouver."
"'That's his specialty,' Barnett said. 'He's a team guy, he's very smart, he knows the league, the players and the CBA. He has known Mike Gillis for many years and he should be an excellent fit in Vancouver.'"
"Teams have put increasing emphasis on their contract managers since the salary cap was introduced. It has become a 365-day job. Capologists provide their bosses with daily updates on their own team's cap situation as well as other teams around the league."
"Having a person take care of the numbers has freed general managers to concentrate on other issues."
"But the role of managing the cap has been given even more importance in the past year as teams fear an increasing number of people view signing restricted free agents as permissible." "When you identify your core people, your core players, you better find ways to ensure they stay with you and they aren't vulnerable to be taken from you through offer sheets," Barnett said.
A lot riding on cancer cure
Trevor Linden joined Olympic snowboarding gold medallist Ross Rebagliati and Tour de France veteran Axel Merckx for a pep rally Thursday for the Westside Cycling Classic for the B.C. Cancer Agency's Research Centre.
"Linden has always worked tirelessly for a number of causes, so his inclusion in this event is hardly a surprise," writes Elliot Pap.
"'I've seen the difference cancer research has made,' Linden said Thursday during a pep rally outside the B.C. Cancer Agency's Research Centre to promote the Westside Cycling Classic."
"'We all know and are touched by this disease, so it's pretty easy to get involved. I think this is an excellent opportunity to come out for a great cause and have some fun.'"
"Linden and his fellow celebrity riders -- former Canadian Olympic cyclist Alex Stieda is also in the group -- will be on hand for the 36-kilometre ride through Vancouver streets and the UBC endowment lands."
"A similar event last year, the Tour of Courage with cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, raised more than $1.8 million. Individual participants in this year's Westside Classic are asked to raise a minimum of $300 as their ticket to ride."
"The biggest individual fund-raiser for the June 1 ride will receive a trip for two to the Tour de France. Also, 20 people who donate or raise at least $10,000 will be eligible to spend Saturday, May 31, with the celebrity cyclists, including breakfast at the Wedgewood Hotel, dinner at the Blue Water Cafe and a two- to three-hour ride during the day."
Another hint that this Canuck legend's playing days are over
Elliot Pap reads Thursday's Westside Cycling Classic's pep rally for signs that Canuck veteran, Trevor Linden, may be hanging up his skates.
"As if it wasn't apparent on April 5, Trevor Linden dropped another gigantic hint Thursday that his hockey-playing days are done."
"The long-time Vancouver Canuck forward, now 38, presented one of his jerseys to MLA Sindi Hawkins at a cancer fund-raising rally, telling the crowd in attendance: 'She's taking over the No. 16 now.'"
"Linden has yet to announce his retirement and was coy when asked if he planned to do so in the near future."
"'My plans? My plans are to do the Westside Cycling Classic [fund-raiser] on June 1 and, from there, we'll come up with something,' Linden said, smiling."
"Linden said he has yet to speak to new Canuck general manager Mike Gillis about his future with club -- in any capacity. Many feel he would be a natural as an executive if he chose that career path."