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Vancouver Canucks fire Marc Crawford
After almost six years as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, Marc Crawford was fired yesterday after the team grossly underperformed in the regular season, finishing out of the playoffs for the third time in Crawford's stint on the west coast. General Manager Dave Nonis made it pretty clear that this was just the first move in over-hauling the Canucks for next year. "This does not absolve the players of any responsibility," said Nonis. "It's not a situation where we have a new coach and everything is fine. That's not the case. We're going to make them fine."
Crawford becomes the second high-profile coach after Pat Quinn to be fired this off season. He started his coaching career in the Maple Leafs organization and won a Stanley Cup championship with the Colorado Avalanche. Marc is 45 years old and has 411 NHL coaching wins under his belt, including 246 with the Canucks, which puts him 16th in NHL history. Rumours are already swirling that the Maple Leafs may be interested in their former farm-hand and in a bizzare twist, Pat Quinn could end up back with the Vancouver Canucks. The latter though is quite unlikely as the Cancuks are reportedly going to be looking at several other candidates including Brent Sutter, who has coached consecutive gold medal winning Canadian teams at the World Junior Championships.