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by Paul on 04/17/12 at 11:15 AM ET
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Because of his long tenure enjoyed as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, it might be a useful exercise to mount something of a defence for Alain Vigneault after another season whereby it looks all but certain his team is going to come to another crashing, miserable end in the NHL playoffs.
Those who worship the ground the man spits on will doubtless come out of their boots trying to keep him around because he’s an easy man with whom to work. So there will be plenty of “save the Presidents’ Trophy winning coach” material, and rightfully so because his regular season record is very, very good.
When looking at the team he took into this postseason, he was without his top goal scorer, his second-line centre has been off his game all season and the changes made at the trade dead-line essentially left him with one playmaking centre. It left him with plenty of toughness, but in the must-win Game 3, Dale Weise and Zack Kassian barely got a sniff, though the latter is a young player and we know how they fare in Vigneault regimes.
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