Vancouver Canucks Fire Head Coach Alain Vigneault

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

After another first-round exit in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks have fired head coach Alain Vigneault and his staff.

The Canucks announced the news on the team website.

We have made the very difficult decision to relieve Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown of their coaching duties today, said Canucks President and General Manager, Michael D. Gillis. Alain, Rick and Newell worked tirelessly to lead this team to great on-ice success. I am personally grateful to each of them and their families for their commitment to the Canucks and the city of Vancouver and wish them continued success in future.

Louis Jean of TVA Sports first revealed the news of the firing via Twitter:

Vigneault has been with the team since the 2006-07 season, following an unsuccessful stint with the Montreal Canadiens that lasted less than four years.

In his time with the Canucks, he has brought the team a great deal of regular-season success, including two consecutive Presidents' Trophies for having the best record in the NHL.

However, the club has not been quite as successful in the postseason. After losing in seven games to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks have lost in the first round in each of the past two seasons.

This year, the club was swept by the sixth-seeded San Jose Sharks after finishing the season with a 26-15-7 record. It appears that this was the final straw for the organization.

With two talented goaltenders in Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, as well as a number of experienced offensive threats including Henrik and Daniel Sedin, more was expected out of this squad.

There are certainly changes that need to be made across the roster to improve for the future, but Vigneault is the first person to go in the hope that the changes can lead to more success.

The franchise will look for someone new who can maximize the roster and lead the team deep into the postseason. Hopefully, it can find someone who can bring Vancouver its first Stanley Cup title.