NHL: Vancouver Canucks sack John Tortorella after one season
Last Updated: 01/05/14 7:43pm
John Tortorella: Sacked just 10 months into five-year deal
Vancouver Canucks have sacked head coach John Tortorella after he led the team to their worst campaign in 15 years.
The 55-year-old was just 10 months into a five-year contract but saw his team finish the regular season in fifth place in the seven-team Pacific Division.
"Today we are making an important change in the direction of our team," said Canucks president Trevor Linden.
"We have a lot of important work to accomplish this off-season as we build our management and coaching staff, improve our roster and connect with our fans.
"Our general manager search is well under way and we will begin assessing head coaching candidates immediately."
The Canucks' .506 winning percentage was the team's worst since a .354 mark in the 1998-99 season, while they missed out on the play-offs for the first time since 2008.
And Tortorella also ran into trouble away from the ice, missing six games while serving a 15-day suspension for a confrontation with Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley.
Tortorella's assistant coach Mike Sullivan was also dismissed.