Don Cherry believes that that fired Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was "thrown under the bus" by GM Mike Gillis.
Cherry argued that the fault lies with Gillis for his roster decisions. Specifically moves like keeping Roberto Luongo and thus setting the stage for a goaltending controversy. If the Canucks suffer another fast playoff exit in 2013-14, then Gillis might end up getting fired as well.
Alain Vigneault hopes to find a new coaching gig in the NHL.
Vigneault was fired by the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. "I am a career coach and it is what I love to do," Vigneault said. He has a 422-288-35-61 record as a coach and will probably enter the 2013-14 campaign as another team's bench boss. The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche are two possibilities, but other options might present themselves.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis has fired Alain Vigneault "after a thorough review."
Gillis cited the Canucks' lack of playoff success as the primary reason they decided to make a change. Vancouver has been great in the regular season, but endured fast exits from the 2012 and 2013 playoffs. He didn't want to give any hints as to who the next head coach might be, but he did say that the problems went beyond their now former coach. "Everyone will be addressed," Gillis said. This might be an eventful summer for Vancouver.
According to several reports, the Vancouver Canucks have decided to fire head coach Alain Vigneault.
Assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Browne will also been let go. The Canucks were swept in four straight games by the San Jose Sharks in the opening round of the playoffs and GM Mike Gillis vowed there would be changes. Vigneault has as the club's bench boss for seven years, while compiling a regular season record of 313-170-57. He won the Jack Adams Award in 2007 and helped guide Vancouver to back-to-back Presidents' trophies in 2010'11 and 2011'12.
Henrik Sedin's two goals helped Sweden throttle Switzerland 5-1 to win a gold medal in the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
Loui Eriksson, Erik Gustafsson and Simon Hjalmarsson were the other goal scorers. Sweden enjoyed a rare treat in winning in front of its home crowd as the event took place in Stockholm.
Alexander Edler may be dealt in the off-season.
If Edler was to be traded, it would have to happen before July 1 as his no-trade contract goes into effect at that time. The Canucks need help up front and have some nice depth on the blueline so it makes sense that Edler could be the odd man out in Vancouver.
Look for the Vancouver Canucks to buy out the contract of Keith Ballard in the off-season.
The Canucks are up against the cap and should they buy out Ballard and trade Roberto Luongo, they will free up $9.5 million in cap space which will go a long way to signing the seven or eight players they will need next season to fill out their roster. Stay tuned.