The Dallas Morning News
Canucks sack ex-Stars aide
NHL AT A GLANCE Vancouver missed playoffs last two years under Desjardins
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks have fired their coach, former Stars assistant Willie Desjardins, after missing the postseason for the second consecutive season.
The team announced the move Monday, a day after ending the season with its eighth straight loss.
Desjardins was the Stars’ associate head coach from 2010-12 and head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, from 201214. The Canucks hired him in 2014 after Texas won the AHL championship.
In three seasons with Vancouver, Desjardins went 109110-27. The 60-year-old led the club to the playoffs as a rookie NHL head coach in 2014-15, but the rebuilding Canucks took a big step backward last season and then finished 29th out of 30 teams in the NHL standings this season.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Florida: Dale Tallon was reinstated as general manager, and Tom Rowe was removed from that position and also his role as interim coach one day after a season that began with Stanley Cup-contention expectations ended well short of a postseason berth.
Los Angeles: Coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi, who led the franchise to its only two Stanley Cup championships, were fired. The Kings (39-35-8) missed the playoffs this spring for the second time in three years with their worst record since 2009.
San Jose: The Sharks, last season’s Stanley Cup runnersup, will begin the playoffs with their top two centers hobbled. Joe Thornton (left knee, missed three games) and Logan Couture (puck to face, missed seven) are day-to-day as the Sharks prepare for Game 1 on Wednesday vs. Edmonton.