Alain Vigneault, the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks since the start of the 2006-2007 season has been dismissed by the team after the Canucks were swept in four games in the first round of the 2013 playoffs by the San Jose Sharks.
Let’s look at what he accomplished in Vancouver:
- The Canucks made it to the playoffs in every year that he was head coach, except 2008 (six out of seven years.)
- He won the Jack Adams award in 2007 as coach of the year.
- He had a record of 313-170-57 in 540 games. He holds the Canucks record for most wins.
- He lead the Canucks to the Stanley Cup in 2011, losing in seven games.
- The Canucks finished first in the Northwest Division six times, including back-to-back President’s Trophies in 2011 and 2012 as the best team in the NHL.
- He coached the team to a team record 54 wins in 2011, after beating Pat Quinn’s record of 46 wins with 49 wins in 2007, his first season as the Canucks’ coach.
His only blemish would be back-to-back first round losses in 2012 and 2013, including being swept by San Jose this year. This is likely the reason for his dismissal.
With all the good points mentioned above, I doubt Mr. Vigneault will be without a job as a Head Coach in the NHL anytime soon.