TSN: The Vancouver Canucks have finally fired Bruce Boudreau and hired Rick Touchette as their next head coach. Assistant coach Trent Cool was also let go.
“These decisions are never easy,” Alvin said at a news conference. “But at this point I felt we needed a new voice to see if we could buy this group to play differently.”
President Jim Rutherford said he was “very direct and very honest” with the media during the interview.
“Unfortunately, it turned out the way it did. Nobody takes a lot of pride in that,” he said. “I’ve known Bruce for a long time. He’s a friend and I feel bad about it. And if I offended anyone in the process, I apologize personally on behalf of the Canucks.”
Adam Foote will be an assistant coach and Sergey Gonchar will be their defensive development coach.
Kevin Weeks: Said Tocchet’s deal with the Canucks is worth about $2.75 million per year for three years, due this season.
Rick Dhaliwal: Spoke with Boudreau for a bit yesterday and he is not yet ready to talk to the public. He will at some point in the near future.
Dustin Nielsen: “Rick Tocchet was a head coach in the NHL for six seasons, missing the playoffs five times, once in the 1st round. Coached 438 games and won 178 of them. Is he supposed to fix the Canucks? What am I missing? I must miss something.”
Rick Dhaliwal: Over the past 10 years and excludes all assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel.
Alain Vigneault fired 2013
Mike Gillis fired 2014
John Tortorella fired 2014
Willy Desjardins fired 2017
Trevor Linden resigned in 2018
Travis Greene fired 2021
Jim Benning fired 2021
Bruce Boudreau fired 2023