Vancouver Canucks fire head coach Willie Desjardins

Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins back stands on the bench behind Michael Chaput Brandon Sutter and Reid Boucher during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday

After just three seasons at the helm for the Pacific Division's Vancouver Canucks, it appears that head coach Willie Desjardins is out the door.

Desjardins compiled a 109-110-27 regular-season record in three seasons and the 60-year-old Climax, Sask. native basically proved to be a.500 coach and the Canucks would have taken that this season.

When the Canucks ended their sorry season with an eight-game losing streak, lost their last 12 games at Rogers Arena and had but a dozen road victories to finish a whopping 25 points shy of a wild-card berth, it wasn't a matter of if Desjardins was going to replaced, it became a matter of when.

Schmaltz says Desjardins treatment of the team's youth was often criticized. "At this point in time, we felt the change was necessary".

Given Desjardins lack of regular season success with the Canucks, it is unlikely that he will get another National Hockey League head coaching job.

We've also likely seen the last of the Doug's (Lidster & Jarvis) with Desjardins moving on his way.

While 16 teams prepare to embark on their playoff journeys, a handful of others are making changes to ensure they aren't watching the postseason from home in 2017-18.

The season was so bad and the slow crawl back to competitiveness will be so long that the Canucks could make more than the coach accountable for this mess.

Coaching and management did not always see eye to eye on how to utilize young players this season, said Lalji, adding that it's hard to pin the team's woes exclusively on the back of the coach.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin, for whom we hold vast respect, are no longer first-line players.

Last year, the team posted a 31-38-13 record. They also do not have a legit top-pairing defenceman on their roster, but Olli Juolevi is in London and if we can be patient for four more seasons while he learns the gig, he just might be one.

Already in the process of dismantling the aging core that got to within a game of winning the 2011 Stanley Cup, Vancouver continued down that course the following season with younger players taking on bigger roles in an attempt to rebuild on the fly while still trying to stay competitive. "We're grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success".

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