Canucks Fire Vigneault

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Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty (VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs the past two seasons, the Vancouver Canucks fired head coach Alain Vigneault Wednesday.

Vigneault, who is the Canucks’ all-time leader in coaching wins, watched as the San Jose Sharks swept his Canucks out of the playoffs this season.

“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 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.”

Vigneault finishes his seven seasons in Vancouver with a 313-170-57 record. He also led the Canucks to six division titles, two Presidents’ Trophy titles and a trip to the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

As of now there is no candidate to replace Vigneault.

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