Thursday, May 9, 2013
Vigneault on hot-seat
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: If Alain Vigneault was hoping for a ringing endorsement from Mike Gillis, he didn't get it Thursday. Speaking to the media at his post-run press conference, the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks implied he plans to hit the "re-set" button as means of re-tooling the organization.
"From my perspective and this organization, it has been a terrible season for us," Gillis told reporters Thursday. "The macro look at this team is changes have to be made. We need to get different, and we're going to do that ... We're going to review everybody. We're going to review everything we do ... Changes have to be made, but I'm not going to commit today to what those changes will be."
At the very least, those words set the table for a change at the head-coaching position -- and beyond.
*** In the wake of his team losing four straight to the San Jose Sharks, the current head coach of the Vancouver Canucks could be looking for work soon. The overall sentiment from those close to the hockey club suggests Canucks GM Mike Gillis might soon show Alain Vigneault the door. Assuming Gillis doesn't get the boot first. Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun:
"... The jobs of head coach Alain Vigneault and his staff are most certainly on the line and general manager Mike Gillis is going to face some uncomfortable questions from ownership over the team's second straight playoff collapse ..."
Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province:
"... Gillis has played the Tammy Wynette role -- standing by his man -- for a long while now largely because of the regular season success which this roster could achieve with a cardboard cutout behind the bench. And also because there has never been a Bylsma type available, when the time was ripe. There isn't one now, either, but if this team tries to bring back Vigneault for more of the same next season, even Vancouver's loyal season ticket holders will be taking their leave, like patrons at a burning theatre. Gillis may even want to bring him back, might even try, but it will be a tough sell ..."
Vigneault has been the Canucks' bench boss since 2006.