Thursday, May 22, 2008

Vigneault stays put

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to terms on an extension that keeps him under contract through the 2009-10 season.

“This is a significant announcement for our hockey club,” said Gillis. “My first priority when taking over the job was to meet with Alain and ensure we shared the same philosophy about building an elite level team for now and for the future. Alain has done a very good job in his two years in Vancouver and I am confident that will continue.”
Some are going to be surprised by this move, but Gillis gave Vigneault a ringing endorsement for his work when he came in as GM, and you could tell the coach would get at least the early portion of this season to turn things around.

What's interesting is that Gillis has promised his team will play a more entertaining brand of hockey than they did under Dave Nonis's tenure and that's not exactly what Vigneault's known for.

How that works out remains to be seen.

On a related note:
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that Assistant Coaches, Barry Smith and Mike Kelly have been relieved of their duties.

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