NHL coach Alain Vigneault has been fired from his head coaching position by the Vancouver Canucks. Assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown were also let go by the team.
Vigneault leaves the team holding the record for the most coaching wins in club history, and he also lead the Canucks to six Northwest Division titles, two Presidents’ Trophy titles and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup final. But the team hadn’t been doing so well lately and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in the past two seasons. They were swept by the San Jose Sharks this year for the first time in 12 seasons.
Vigneault has a 313-170-57 record over seven seasons in Vancouver, and a 33-32 record in the playoffs.
“We’re in a results-oriented business and if you look at the last two playoffs we’ve been in, we were the higher-seeded team but lost the first two games at home,” Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis said at a news conference Wednesday.
“We lost consecutive games in the last two playoff years, and there comes a point in time where the message has to change and we have to be better. And we simply didn’t get the result we expected.”