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Vancouver Canucks fire head coach Willie Desjardins after disappointing season

Vancouver Canucks fire head coach Willie Desjardins after disappointing season

Willie Desjardins was sacked by Vancouver on Monday after missing the postseason for the second consecutive season.

Couple Sutter's Kings résumé, which included a playoff appearance in 2015-16, with the Stanley Cup-contending marks he racked up in Calgary and San Jose over the past decade or so, and all of a sudden the pool of jobless head coaching candidates looks pretty enticing. "It's been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future". The Canucks have fired head coach Desjardins after a miserable 2016-17 season.

It was confirmed on Monday morning that Desjardins, who led the Canucks to a disappointing 30-43-9 record this season to miss the postseason for a second straight year, has been dismissed as head coach of the club. "We're grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success". We need a coach that understands exactly where we are in that development.

The season was so bad and the slow crawl back to competitiveness will be so long that the Canucks could make more than the coach accountable for this mess. They couldn't have imagined 69 points, even though USA Today had them projected for just 65.

But this phase the Canucks are in - their worst seasons since the 1990s, a lineup in which 24-and-under players are the majority, only four veterans remaining from the team Desjardins inherited in 2014 - is extraordinary. But the fast start was a mostly smoke and mirrors as the Canucks became first team in National Hockey League history to win its first three games of a season while never leading in regulation. Adding Brandon Prust became as important to some as finding more offence.

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It was Desjardins' third season at the helm of the Canucks.

Horvat earned his stripes but it took two seasons.

The power play and penalty-kill were also disasters, ranked 29th and tied for 28th, respectively.

During his time in Vancouver, Desjardins' deployment of aging superstar twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, along with host of other players, was a lightning rod for criticism.


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