The coach of any professional sports team is at times the most overrated position. Coaches are often labelled as geniuses when the team wins, while they take all the blame after a loss.
People often forget that the players are the ones who decide the majority of games. But sometimes, the coach can provide the missing link that a team needs to be successful. Whether it’s a change in formation or a different way of motivating the team, a change in coaches can sometimes make a huge difference.
In the case of the Vancouver Canucks, 18 coaching changes have been made in their 40 years as an NHL franchise. In total, there have been 16 different head coaches. Some stuck around for seven years and over 500 games, while others didn’t even last a full season with the team. Then there are the coaches who have left and returned on multiple occasions.
Like most professional sports franchises, the Canucks have gone through their highs and lows over the years. This means that the head coaches of the team have ranged from very successful to extreme failures and everything in between.
It’s time to review the three best and three worst head coaches in Vancouver Canucks' history. To analyze and decide who the best and worst coaches in Canucks history are, win/loss records obviously came into play, but they weren’t the only factor.
The talent of the roster in which the coach had to work with is also important, as well as how the team performed before a certain coach took over and after he left.
Let’s begin with the three worst coaches in Canucks' history: