It feels like Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is looking for some attention...
Last week, he used his own Twitter account to put an end to ongoing rumours about the Canucks looking to hire Dean Lombardi as his new president of hockey operations.
“I want to correct erroneous media reports that I tried to hire Dean Lombardi. In fact, I’ve never spoken to Dean Lombardi in my life.”
He went back at it again, this time, denying that he was speaking with former general manager Mike Gillis to return to the organization.
"Contrary to media reports, I have not contacted Mike Gillis about returning to the Canucks and have no plans to do so."
Current Canucks GM Jim Benning informed the Vancouver Province las week that Aquilini had called him and said: “Despite all the talk out there, he’s not looking to hire somebody as a president of hockey operations.”
Last summer, the Canucks and president of hockey operations Trevor Linden “amicably” agreed to part ways. Since his departure, no one has taken over the role, which could explain why Vancouver is after a management change or addition.
However, Aquilini clearly states that he has no plans to ask Gillis to return to the Canucks.
Some fans in Vancouver loved what Gillis managed to do when he was in control of the team when he served as general manager of the club from 2008 to 2014. The Canucks experienced a great deal of success during that time, including five division titles and a trip to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.