Vancouver Canucks fire head coach Willie Desjardins

Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins

The Canucks finished 29th in the NHL's overall standings. That culminated in a disastrous 2016-17 season that saw the team finish with just 69 points, second fewest in the National Hockey League, and an eight-game losing streak to close the campaign.

In three seasons behind Vancouver's bench, Desjardins posted a 109-110-27 record. However, Desjardins was criticized for not playing some young players enough, and Linden said a focus on development will play a big role in hiring a replacement, preferably before the 2017 NHL Draft starts on June 23. "At the same time we think there are some things we can do better".

"This season, a lot of the questions surrounded his loyalty to certain members of Vancouver's veteran core â€" he leaned heavily on the likes of Brandon Sutter, Luca Sbisa and Alexander Edler â€" as well as fringe NHLers like Michael Chaput and Jayson Megna.

After just three seasons at the helm for the Pacific Division's Vancouver Canucks, it appears that head coach Willie Desjardins is out the door. The Canucks have never dealt with an onslaught of injuries similar to what they've faced in the last two seasons. Vancouver was 0-9-3 in their final 12 games at Rogers Arena, breaking the franchise record for their longest winless streak at home of 11 games (10 losses, one tie) set in 1970-71.

Willie Desjardins' time in Vancouver has come to an end.

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The Vancouver Canucks are trying to jumpstart their stalled rebuild with a new head coach.

In other words, more changes could be coming to the Canucks this offseason.

While there weren't many highlights, Desjardins can be credited with helping develop Bo Horvat, who led Vancouver in scoring this season, Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund into legitimate offensive contributors. They also do not have a legit top-pairing defenceman on their roster, but Olli Juolevi is in London and if we can be patient for four more seasons while he learns the gig, he just might be one.

Desjardins replaced John Tortorella after his one tumultuous season in 2013-14, when Vancouver missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. "We're grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success".

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