In locking up head coach Alain Vigneault through to the 2012-2013 NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks have sealed the puzzle for the upcoming season and seem to have all the pieces in place. Vigneault’s contract would have expired at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 season and might have left some question marks on the club’s leadership behind the bench, but GM Mike Gillis has been busy getting things done and locking down key parts.
“This is a significant announcement for our hockey club,” said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. “Alain and his staff have done an excellent job leading our team to two division titles in three years. I believe strongly in the partnership between management, coaches and players and we are all committed to building a championship team here in Vancouver.”
Last season, the Canucks won the Northwest Division title and managed a regular season record of 45-27-10. They lost in the post-season to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals.
Vigneault’s record since joining the ‘Nucks three seasons ago speaks for itself: 133-86-27. With a winning percentage of .595, he’s the most successful coach in franchise history thus far. In his first year with Vancouver, Vigneault won the Jack Adams trophy for Coach of the Year. Prior to his tenure with Vancouver, he served as coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997 to 2000.
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