The Vancouver Canucks have dismissed Vigneault, along with assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown, according to NBC Sports:
We asked yesterday about the fate of Alain Vigneault, and found out today — the Vancouver Canucks have dismissed Vigneault, along with assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown, according to TVA’s Louis Jean.
Jean also reports that Canucks GM Mike Gillis met with ownership before breaking the news to the three.
The move marks a massive changing of the guard in Vancouver, as nearly the entire coaching staff has been terminated, and there’s still no word on what the club plans to do with assistant coach (video) Daryl Williams and/or goaltending coach Roland Melanson.
Vigneault was the 16th head coach in Canucks history and the most successful in franchise history.
Since taking over in June 2006, he led the Canucks to two Presidents Trophies, a Stanley Cup finals appearance, multiple Northwest Division titles and six postseason berths.
Vigneault may be the winningest coach in Canucks history — with 313 regular season victories — and he may have taken Vancouver to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals; however, two straight first-round playoff exits were, in the words of Canucks GM Mike Gillis, “unacceptable.”
More to come on this story as developments unfold.