Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Canucks promote from within

Well, looks like my Vancouver Canucks have a new head coach. He's not a Sutter, but hopefully he can turn this group of talented but lazy, unmotivated millionares around. I'm just happy it's not Pat Quinn. Next up for Dave Nonis, dump a few disruptive fellows from the dressing room, re-sign Jovo and Carter and lock-up the Sedins!

Canucks hire Vigneault as head coach

Alain Vigneault is the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

The NHL team made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, promoting Vigneault from their AHL team in Winnipeg and giving him the task of motivating a team GM Dave Nonis says needs a "kickstart."

The former Montreal Canadiens bench boss will take over for Marc Crawford, who was fired in April after the Canucks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

"I know this group might not have met expectations, but there's a solid base here," Vigneault said. "Obviously, there's some things that are going to be done personnel-wise.

"I'm going to make sure (the team is) well-prepared, works hard and plays with commitment and passion. All my teams have done that."

The Manitoba Moose were third in the AHL's North Division with 100 points under Vigneault this year and advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs.

The 45-year-old Vigneault has spent most of the past 20 years as a head coach.

In addition to leading the Canadiens from 1997 until 2000, he's spent time as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators and a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Trois-Rivieres, Hull, Beauport and PEI.

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Zac said...

I'm so glad that Quinn did become the new head coach. He had his chance before and blew it, plus he blew it with the leaf's.

I have heard rumours that Quinn might take over as President of the Canucks.

The Rat said...

Do you get all the good rumours in TO? The latest is Bert and a goalie (take one, please!) for Luongo. Jovo won't be back so that's almost 11 mill to cover Luongo and some decent defencemen.

A BCer in Toronto said...

Pat Quinn as president? I sure hope not. Haven't heard that one, but I thought he had given-up on managing and wanted to stay a coach.

Haven't heard the Luongo rumour. Seems odd we'd need to give-up a goalie too, but if it's a salary dump on our part it could make sense. I gave-up on Cloutier long ago, they can take him. I liked Auld, he can't be blamed for last season, but if he's a true number one remains to be seen. I hope they keep Jovo, they really missed him when he was hurt last year and they need more depth on D, not less.