With the Vancouver Canucks spiraling and sputtering toward the end of the season that is almost assuredly going to end without a playoff berth, tensions are rising. For a team that has become a playoff mainstay over the past few years, this season has been a failure.

The Canucks offense has dropped off to being 28th in the league in goals per game under new coach John Tortorella. So even without one full season on the job, there has been some anticipation that Torts could pay the price.

General Manager Mike Gillis is no less embattled in his role and on Wednesday he met the media in Boca Raton at the GM Meetings. Of course the big questions for him were about the Canucks this season and the rumors about Tortorella's job security.

Gillis didn't give Torts the vote of confidence. No, he didn't give a vote at all.