Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks have reportedly fired
head coach Alain Vigneault along with his entire coaching staff, in the wake
of a disappointing first-round playoff exit.
TSN of Canada was first with the news on Wednesday.
Vigneault had been at the helm since June of 2006, taking over for Marc
Crawford. Despite leading Vancouver to 30-or-more wins in six straight seasons
and guiding the club to a club-record 54 wins and a Stanley Cup Finals
appearance in 2011, the Canucks faltered in the opening round of the
postseason the last two years, losing a five-round decision to the Kings last
year and being swept by San Jose earlier this month.
The 52-year-old native of Quebec departs the franchise with a 313-170-57
regular-season record and 33-31 postseason mark. He won the Jack Adams Award
as the NHL's top coach in 2007 after helping the Canucks to 49 wins and a
playoff series victory and was a finalist two other times.
Assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown were also given their walking papers.
Bowness, a former head coach for Winnipeg, Boston, Ottawa, Phoenix and the New
York Islanders, had been on Vigneault's staff since 2007.
Brown joined the staff in August of 2010, after five seasons as an assistant
with the Anaheim Ducks.
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