Skip to content

Big meeting in Vancouver — Vigneault’s fate on the agenda

May 7, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

Alain Vigneault Getty Images

Sometime today in Vancouver, the future of Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, and perhaps even general manager Mike Gillis, could be decided.

The GM and the club’s owners, chairman Francesco Aquilini and his two brothers (Roberto and Paolo), will reportedly meet to discuss what to do about a team that won its second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy then fell in five games to the Kings in the first round.

In his season-ending press conference, Gillis said he has “every bit of confidence” in Vigneault, so we can assume the GM wants his coach back.

Among the scenarios that could play out:

—- Gillis convinces ownership that Vigneault is worth keeping, and both are back.

—- Ownership demands that Vigneault is fired, so Gillis fires him.

—- Ownership demands that Vigneault is fired, so Gillis quits.

Both GM and coach have a year remaining on their contracts, and neither will want to go into the season without an extension.

An interesting side story involves the two local newspapers, one (the Vancouver Sun) that’s been calling for the coach to be kept, the other (The Province) to be fired.

That in itself isn’t interesting, but Province columnist Tony Gallagher was instrumental in convincing Aquilini to hire Gillis after Dave Nonis was fired in 2008, and Gallagher has been calling for Vigneault’s head since long before the Canucks flamed out in the first round.

As Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre notes, “if the Aquilinis can be successfully lobbied once, it can happen again.”

Related: Could Alain Vigneault become the next coach of the Canadiens?

  1. polegojim - May 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Either way, V is done – shake it up, mix it up, man them up.

  2. imleftcoast - May 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    The Canucks appear to suck less now that the Kings swept the Blues. However, the Canucks looked like a team without a system for half the season, and were unprepared and uninterested in three home playoff games. If they had fired Vigneault in Feb/March, maybe the team would have responded like the Kings and Caps, and Aquilini would have made a couple million more. Aquilini should demand Gillis fire Vigneault, and see how he reacts. After the trades this year, I’ve lost faith that Gillis has a cohesive plan.

  3. rainyday56 - May 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    It’ll be musical chairs for sure this season:

    Canucks fire V, hire Mctavish who is hired to be fired to save Gillis’ “old school dressed in progressive thinker’s jeans” – ass.

    Blues fire Hitch, hire Vigneault, win Cup next year.

    Tampa fires Boucher, Hires Hitch to be Stamkos’ Bowman – good-bye 60 goal seasons.

    Candiennes hire Boucher – yeah, he’ll be fired.

    • imleftcoast - May 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Vigneault is going to Montreal.

      • rainyday56 - May 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        Backes is Viggy’s posse. Hitch will not resist the lure to break Stamkos like a wild mustang. . .

      • blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        Vigneault is going to Montreal.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (1969)
  2. P. Kessel (1477)
  3. M. Richards (1280)
  4. N. Backstrom (1177)
  5. M. Giordano (1121)