Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Vancouver Canucks fire Dave Nonis as NHL team's general manager

VANCOUVER — The man hired to replace Brian Burke followed in his predecessor's footsteps Monday when the Vancouver Canucks fired Dave Nonis as the NHL team's general manager.

Nonis, 41, had one year left on his contract with Vancouver but his firing came after the Canucks missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

"The decision to relieve Dave of his duties was difficult," team owner Francesco Aquilini said in a release. "I think this important change in leadership is critical to the future of the team and the direction we need to take.

"It's not acceptable to our fans or to us as owners that our team isn't in the playoffs."

The move comes just over a week after the Canucks missed the NHL playoffs, finishing three points out of eighth place with a 39-33-10 record.

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