Canucks fire coach Willie Desjardins after disappointing season

Vancouver missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season and finished last in the Pacific Division after dropping its last eight games.

Willie Desjardins' time in Vancouver has come to an end.

TheCanucks fired their coach of three years Monday after a disappointing season that produced only 69 points.

"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."

Vancouver missed the playoffs for a second consecutiveseason and finished last in the Pacific Division after dropping itslast eight games.

Desjardins, 60,got off to a promising start in Vancouver afterreplacing John Tortorella, leading the teamto a first-round playoff appearance in 2014-15, but has failed to keep the momentum going as the Canucks worked to rebuild the organization. Desjardins ends his tenure with a 109-110-27 record.

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