Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks have fired coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan after the team failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“Today we are making an important change in the direction of our team,” president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said. “On behalf of the entire organization, we extend our thanks to John, Mike and their families for their commitment to the Canucks and wish them the very best.”
“We have a lot of important work to accomplish this offseason as we build our management and coaching staff, improve our roster and connect with our fans. Our general manager search is well underway and we will begin assessing head coaching candidates immediately,” he added.
Struggling with injuries and inconsistency, the Canucks finished eight points out of the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a 36-35-11 record.
After the Canucks were eliminated, they fired general manager Mike Gillis and hired Linden.
Vancouver signed Tortorella to a five-year, $10 million contract after being swept by the San Jose Sharks last spring and firing coach Alain Vigneault.
Tortorella had been fired by the New York Rangers after they were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; he wound up being replaced by Vigneault in New York.
In parts of 14 NHL seasons coaching the Rangers, Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning, Tortorella has a 455-367-37-82 record. He led the Lightning to their only Stanley Cup, in 2004.