Canucks fire coach Willie Desjardins after missing postseason again

Well, let's just put it nicely: the 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks season wasn't that exciting compared to 2010-11.

Vancouver finished 30-43-9 overall. The Canucks reached the playoffs in his first season after completing the regular season with a 48-29-5 record.

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins has been relieved of his coaching duties along with assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.

"I think Jim and I sit up here every bit as responsible, and certainly at the same time we think there are things we can do better, and that's why we made the change". It's a challenging day for us.

The 60-year-old Desjardins was 109-110-27 during his three seasons in charge, but 48 of those wins came in 2014-15 when led the club to the playoffs as a rookie National Hockey League head coach.

The power play and penalty-kill were also disasters, ranked 29th and tied for 28th, respectively. Our team has transitioned significantly since our first year here and continue to get younger.

Prior to joining Vancouver, the 60-year-old Desjardins lead the Stars' AHL affiliate to the Calder Cup.

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

The plan didn't come close to the desired results.

Last year, the team posted a 31-38-13 record.

Linden says he's encouraged about the direction the young players are going, but says "we've got a lot of work to do".

Desjardins replaced John Tortorella after his one tumultuous season in 2013-14, when Vancouver missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

  • Julie Sanders