By Allan Muir
The Canucks have finally bid farewell to head coach Alain Vigneault, associate coach Rick Bowness, and assistant coach Newell Brown.
Vancouver’s season ended on May 7 with a four-game sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, so it’s nice to see Mr. Dithers, er, GM Mike Gillis, finally get around to putting the staff out of its misery.
After consecutive first-round ousters, the news of the dismissals could surprise only those who assumed that Gillis would continue to delay the inevitable until the pool of high quality replacements had been skimmed by the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars, leaving the Canucks to settle for someone else’s leftovers. Sort of like how Gillis has gone about adding spare parts to his roster in an effort to spackle over some significant structural flaws during the past two seasons.