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When asked if Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella would return next season, his own general manager was as candid as he could be. "Im not sure Ill be back next season," said Mike Gillis. Speaking to the Team 1040 in Vancouver on Thursday, the Canucks general manager spoke of his clubs failure to live up to the success of past years, but refused to heap all the blame on his coach. "John is a proven winner and competitor," said Gillis. "The running of this team is my responsibility and I feel that the last few seasons we have been chasing goal posts that have been moving and got away from our core principles of how I want this team to play and how we want to perform and the tempo we want to play with. "People want someone to blame but the reality is that as an organization we have deviated from things that have been successful and I know will be successful. We will get back to those levels and that style of play that we started six years ago and we have the personnel to do it." Gillis added that believes that the system in place is solid enough for any coach to find success, but acknowledges that the Canucks failures this season are broad. "If given the resources and the players are committed to it, any coach can coach the team that he has," explained Gillis. "But having said that, our problems are far reaching and will be addressed. If people dont want to get onside with how I view this team and how its supposed to play then they wont be here. Gillis also said that he believes that everybody in the organization, from top to bottom, is in line to go under the microscope at seasons end. "I think everybody is open for evaluation," he said. "Weve had players who have severely underperformed. Our team has underperformed. I think that were all open for evaluation and deserve evaluation and thats whats going to come. Well go through a thorough evalutaion of what occurred this year. Well go through a thorough plan of where we see we have to go and theyll make a decision about what route theyll choose." Now in his sixth year leading the Canucks front office, Gillis admits that this season has brought him frustration unlike any other. "Weve had a lot of success in the past and none of this sits well with me," he explained. "Its been an incredibly frustrating season on a variety of different levels. For me, Im committed to getting back on the levels that we expect and we have a plan do it. "We had a plan six years to do it and we got as close as we could get. We learned a lot of lessons from that and Im tired of chasing a moving target. We are going to get back to the fundamentals and the principles that I believe in and thats how were going to play. Like I said, if people dont want to comply, and we did this six years ago, we made hard choices. Those hard choices are going to come again if we dont see people get on the same page." One player that Gillis refused to fault in his teams struggles is goaltender Eddie Lack, who became the teams starting goaltender following the trade of Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers at the deadline. "You get people in Toronto who just love to carve the Vancouver Canucks and its going to be unending, so were used to it now, but its unfortunate for a young guy like Eddie Lack," said Gillis. "Eddie is a very special player. Hes got great personality, hes got great size and his emergence allowed us to think a little bit differently about where we were going." For his money, Gillis thinks Lack should be in the conversation for the leagues top rookie. "If we had given Eddie any run support this season, he would certainly be, in my mind, a nominee for the Calder," posited Gillis. "He probably wouldnt win it, but he should be in consideration based on the way hes played. Hes lost more one-goal games than any goalie in the league. Hes second in the league in shutouts with half the games played." Gillis also expressed his faith in his goaltending tandem on the whole, including the recently acquired Jakob Markstrom, who came over from the Panthers in the Luongo deal. "I think Jakob Markstrom is another 24-year-old goalie who has all the attributes to be a top-flight goalie in the National Hockey League," he said. "I feel strongly that we have two young guys who are in their prime. I hope our fans get behind them and support them." The Canucks currently sit 10th in the Western Conference, six points behind the Dallas Stars for the final wild card playoff spot. The Stars also have two games in hand on the Canucks. The Canucks play the first of their final five games on Saturday when they host the Los Angeles Kings. Laurent Ciman Jersey . Inter moved five points behind fourth-place Fiorentina and eight points behind third-place Napoli, which visits relegation-threatened Sassuolo on Sunday. Belgium Soccer Jerseys . Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, Eduardo Nunez homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Tuesday night. Their 9-19 record remains identical to the crosstown rivals in Brooklyn and trails both Toronto and Boston in the Atlantic Division. Raymond Felton, their declining point guard, is back on the sideline nursing his third injury of the season. Thomas Vermaelen Jersey . Leave it to Matt Niskanen, the newly proclaimed Eddie Haskell of the Washington Capitals. Custom Belgium Jerseys . He says he will have the operation Wednesday and be ready in time for training camp in September. Bernier missed five games in March due to the injury.The Major League Baseball non-waiver deadline is at 4pm et and with 19 of the leagues 30 teams either holding a playoff spot - or within five games of one - the list of potential buyers is considerably larger than the list of sellers. That, however, certainly doesnt preclude business, even of the significant kind, from being done in the next day or in the coming weeks (the waiver deadline is August 31 at 11:59pm et). Weve already seen the likes of Jeff Samardzija (Oakland Athletics), Justin Masterson (St. Louis Cardinals) and Jake Peavy (San Francisco Giants) find new homes in the last days and weeks, but there could be more movement done in the coming hours and days. Here are a few players and teams to watch out for as the deadline approaches. Philadelphia Phillies: Ruben Amaro, Jr. appears to be open for business. Three-fifths of his rotation (Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett) are available, as are first baseman Ryan Howard, outfielder Marlon Byrd, reliever Antonio Bastardo and closer Jonathan Papelbon. Getting deals done might be easier said than done, though, with significant money owed to most of these players. Chances are, the Phillies will have to eat some cash to get anything done. Amaro will be looking for the biggest return from Hamels, but few teams seem to be willing to pay a steep asking price. If anybody is interested, you can imagine the Los Angeles Dodgers will be among them. Lee, the 2008 Cy Young winner, has led the entire MLB in starting pitchers WAR since then with an incredible mark of 38.3. The rub on dealing Lee, though, is that history shows that the return probably wont pan out. In the three trades that have seen Lee switch jerseys since his Cy Young, 11 prospects have gone the other way. Only Carlos Carrasco and Justin Smoak are currently in the MLB among them. Howard is likely to draw the least amount of interest due to age, money and injury history. Burnett and Byrd are owed the least amount of money and should be on the move. Burnett lives in Maryland, making the Baltimore Orioles the most obvious destination for the veteran. Trading Byrd will be a little bit more complicated, as his four-team no trade clause includes the Seattle Mariners, a team with the most apparent interest. The New York Yankees also appear interested in the 36-year-old. Not entirely outside the realm of possiblity? Amaro attempting to package several of his assets into a blockbuster deal akin to the one made between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox in 2012 that saw Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford head to the west coast. Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays are on a torrid streak right now, winning 11 of 12, and find themselves now just five games out of an AL Wild Card. The impetus for the team to move assets that existed when they were 18 games under .500 in June has greatly abated, but not entirely. The team will reportedly still take calls on some of its veteran players, including former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price, the teams all-time leading lefty pitcher. While the likes of Price, Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce could be available, that doesnt mean that the anybody will meet general manager Andrew Freidmans asking price. Furthermore, with Price under contract for another season, its not a stretch to suggest that the haul the Rays would receive for Price in the offseason or even during next year wouldnt be all that different than what theyd get now. And what kind of message would it send to the Rays fans to pull the plug on the this team right when its in the midst of the best baseball its played all season? Obviously, the Rays fan base or lack thereof has been a sore spot in recent years for a team that has made the playoffss four of the past six seasons, but if the team does intend to retain what support is does have and cultivate any new fandom, selling off assets now might not be the best play.dddddddddddd If Price is dealt, he becomes the seventh Cy Young winner in the last 10 years to be traded after taking home the award. Cleveland Indians: A playoff team a year ago, the Indians are in a similar position to the Rays in that their playoff hopes arent entirely extinguished, but Wednesdays trade of Masterson could indicate that general manager Chris Antonettis focus has turned to 2015. LOOGY Marc Rzepczynski could be an easy sell for any club looking to shore up its bullpen, while Asdrubal Cabreras time appears to be coming to an end in Cleveland. With highly touted infield prospect Francisco Lindor appearing to be ready to go at a big league-level next season, Antonetti could look to recoup some assets for the impending free agent second baseman. Both the Jays and Giants have reportedly kicked the tires on the 28-year-old two-time All-Star. Boston Red Sox: The defending World Series champions appear on course to be the first team since the 1997 Florida Marlins to go from first to worst in the following season. The team has already parted with Peavy and Felix Doubront (Chicago Cubs), but their two biggest assets remain in starters Jon Lester and John Lackey. Lester was scratched from his Wednesday night start against the Toronto Blue Jays in anticipation of an impending deal, while Lackey, scheduled to pitch on Friday, has had his name has come up in talks in recent days with the Miami Marlins. General manager Ben Cherington has never been one to shy away from making bold moves, but right now, he appears to taking a wait-and-see approach. Lester and Lackey are free agent at seasons end, so its not inconceivable that the team could move them for prospects now and make plays for them in the offseason. Lester, after a poor 2013, has bounced back considerably, on pace for career highs in ERA, innings per start and walk rate. The Blue Jays and Orioles were said to have interest in Lester earlier than the week, but that appears to have cooled on both ends. Even with the acquisition of Masterson, the Cardinals could still make a play for Lester. Reliever Andrew Miller could also be available, along with outfielder Jonny Gomes. Texas Rangers: Few teams have had a more disappointing 2014 than the Rangers, a preseason favourite to compete for the AL West crown. With their playoff hopes crippled by injuries and underperforming stars, the Rangers find themselves in the rare position of being sellers at the deadline after playoff berths in three of the last four seasons. General manager Jon Daniels has already traded relievers Jason Frasor to the Kansas City Royals and Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers and lefty Neal Cotts could be next. A free agent at seasons end, Cotts is effective against both lefty and righty opposition. Both the Orioles and Atlanta Braves have already expressed interest. Outfielder Alex Rios could also be on the move. Rios is also an impending free agent and could be an option for a team looking for production in the outfield or at the designated hitters spot. The Blue Jays were said to have held talks with the Rangers earlier this month. Though down and out now, the Rangers dont see themselves in a rebuild. Looking to contend in 2015, expect Adrian Beltre to be off of the table. Other players to watch: SS Martin Prado and 2B Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks), 2B Chris Denorfia, RHP Ian Kennedy and RHP Joaquin Benoit (Padres), C Kurt Suzuki and OF Josh Willingham (Twins), OF Dayan Viciedo (White Sox) and RHP Chad Qualls (Astros). Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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