May 22, 2013, 7:58 PM EST
Recently fired Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault won’t talk to the media at this time, but he did issue a statement. In it, he expressed his gratitude to the Canucks organization.
“The past seven years have been an honor for me to coach and work for a great franchise in a wonderful Canadian city,” Vigneault said. “To work in a city with such passionate and loyal fans is a privilege – I enjoyed every moment of it.”
And just in case there was any speculation to the contrary, the 52-year-old wants to make it very clear that he’s not done.
“I am a career coach and it is what I love to do,” Vigneault said. “I hope to coach again in this League and will always have good memories of my time and the fans in Vancouver.”
Vigneault has a 422-288-35-61 career coaching record and shouldn’t have any problem finding a new team. The Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche are two possibilities for Vigneault.
Other opportunities might present themselves in the near future.
Either way, Vigneault feels proud about a lot of what the Canucks accomplished during his tenure, but he does have one big regret.
“I…only wish we were able to win the Canucks first Stanley Cup,” Vigneault said.
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