VANCOUVER, B.C., - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that Willie Desjardins was relieved of his duties as head coach, along with assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.

"We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today," said Benning. "It's been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future. We're grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success."

End of season media availability with players will take place on Tuesday, April 11 at Rogers Arena beginning at 10:00 am.

Had to happen. He had a good 1st year but he and management weren't on same page this season.