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From Sean Avery's spastic dance to playoff teams in trouble bouncing back, Scott Burnside provides us with the five things we learned from Monday night.
Five things we learned from Monday's action:
1. Guess ownership agreed with fans and media in Vancouver who thought GM Dave Nonis didn't collect the right tools to return to the playoffs this spring as Nonis was relieved of his duties on Monday. The GM who pulled off one of the great steals in recent hockey memory -- prying netminder Roberto Luongo out of Florida for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld -- couldn't follow it up with the move that might have saved his job. Instead of bolstering his anemic offense in the offseason or at the trade deadline, Nonis saw Luongo turn human and his team fall apart and miss the playoffs a year after winning the Northwest Division and advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Now the question is: Did the Canucks make the move so they could move in on Anaheim GM Brian Burke, who has yet to sign a contract extension in Anaheim? With Burke's defending Cup champions down 2-0 to Dallas and the Toronto Maple Leafs believed to be coveting his services, there could be a bidding war for the talented Burke in the coming days. If Burke, a former GM in Vancouver, doesn't return to the Canucks, look for Steve Tambellini to make a case for his promotion from assistant GM to full-time GM for Vancouver.
Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.
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