The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have fired head coach John Tortorella and assistant Mike Sullivan after just one season with the team.
The firings come hot on the tail of the departure of GM Mike Gillis, who was also fired after the team failed to make the playoffs.
Team President, Trevor Linden said in a statement:
“Today we are making an important change in the direction of our team,” said Linden. “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.”
Tortorella coached the team to 36 wins last season but the Canucks failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, finishing fifth in the division and sporting the 25th best record in the league.
Linden, a former star with the Canucks was only hired as team president in March, but it appears that he is making his mark on the struggling franchise.
It is unclear at the moment if Linden has any plans of succession or what will happen to the remaining coaching staff but it appears that the Canucks will opt for a more entertaining style of hockey in future.
"We want to put a team on the ice that creates buzz and anticipation in the city on game days. A team that has you planning your week around games and coming early to Rogers Arena to enjoy the atmosphere and to cheer on your Canucks," Linden said.
Tortorella had four years remaining on his five year contract with the team, a deal worth $10 million.
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