The Vancouver Canucks have fired head coach Willie Desjardins, according to TSN.
This decision marks the end of Desjardins' career at the team after three seasons behind the bench.
Willie Desjardins was sacked by Vancouver on Monday after missing the postseason for the second consecutive season.
Like many coaches, Desjardins' core beliefs about players are built on their dedication and hard work, their consistency and their ability to defend first - on earning ice time. The Oilers management did it, like, five times, and frankly nothing took until the suits were changed out in Edmonton.
He steered the Canucks to a 101-point campaign and second place in the Pacific Division in 2014-15 before falling to Calgary in the first round of the playoffs.
The 60-year-old led the club to the playoffs as a rookie National Hockey League head coach in 2014-15, but the rebuilding Canucks took a big step backwards last season and things actually got worse in 2016-17. There is a 50-50 chance that former Islanders captain Doug Weight retains the head coaching job with his former team. "At the same time we think there are some things we can do better".
Coaching and management did not always see eye to eye on how to utilize young players this season, said Lalji, adding that it's hard to pin the team's woes exclusively on the back of the coach.
"A 3-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on January 26 where Vancouver didn't register a shot until just before the midway point of the second period started a downward spiral that would see the club go an NHL-worst 7-23-3 over its final 33 games â€" a 42-point pace over 82 games.
Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (6) prepares to shoot against the San Jose Sharks in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose.
And Desjardins also understood the potential sense of finality with Vancouver's last home game.
But this morning, the 60-year-old Desjardins was given a pink slip. "It's been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results".
The team regressed last season, finishing the year with a 31-38-13 record.