The Vancouver Canucks experience quite the up-and-down season that saw them admirably claw back into the playoff picture by judgement day, earning No. 3 seed and a first-round series with the San Jose Sharks. However, in the end the Canucks would have to wait at least one more year for that elusive Stanley Cup championship.
This 2013 lockout-shortened campaign would end with a thud as the Northwest Division champion Canucks fell to San Jose in a sweep. And now Coach Alain Vigneult has left the franchise for the New York Rangers as well.
“We just finished this, most of you know I don’t make decisions based on immediate emotion or pressure,” said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis as the season ended, via the team website. “Alain is a very good hockey coach, we’ve had a very good record here the last five years and like everybody else in the organization, he’ll be evaluated like I’ll be evaluated. “We’re going to do a thorough review of every element of the organization over the next period of time and AV, like everyone else, will be evaluated for this season and seasons past, especially in the playoffs.”
Outside of deciding who to make their next head coach is what the Canucks will do with Robert Luongo, who subbed in to play well early in the first-round series before team MVP Cory Schneider recovered to reclaim his role as starting goaltender.
“I tweaked a groin in the Chicago game and I was hoping to get it better in time, but sometimes things don’t respond the way you want them to,” Schneider said, via the team website. “It wasn’t an issue, the groin was fine. … The game is full of things you don’t expect. Roberto was tremendous through the whole process.”