Just two years ago, Alain Vigneault and the Canucks were just one win from winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now the Canucks are undergoing an overhaul that will apparently start with Vigneault losing his job.
TVA Sports’ Louis Jean reports via Twitter that the Canucks have fired Vigneault after seven seasons as the club’s head coach. Additionally, assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Browne have been dismissed, according to Jean.
Vigneault, who won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach in 2006-07, won at least 45 games five times in his seven seasons. Vancouver also won the Presidents’ Trophy twice under Vigneault. However, aside from the Cup Final appearance in 2011, the Canucks never made it out of the second round, including first-round exits in the last two seasons.