The Vancouver Canucks have fired head coach Willie Desjardins and assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.
The announcement was made Monday after the Canucks failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for a second consecutive season.
“We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today,” general manager Jim Benning said in a release. “It’s been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future. We’re grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success.”
Desjardins was hired by the Canucks in June 2014 as a replacement for John Tortorella. It was his first job as an NHL head coach. Prior to that, his only NHL experience was a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Texas Stars.
If you’re looking for the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to this disappointing season, it’s that the team will now have the second-best chance at winning the draft lottery.