Canucks sack Desjardins

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Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins addresses the media after losing 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers in NHL action on April 8, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (AFP Photo/Rich Lam)

Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins addresses the media after losing 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers in NHL action on April 8, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins addresses the media after losing 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers in NHL action on April 8, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (AFP Photo/Rich Lam)

Los Angeles (AFP) - The NHL's Vancouver Canucks fired coach Willie Desjardins on Monday, a day after they finished in last place in their division.

In their third season under Desjardins, the Canucks amassed a total of 69 points -- second fewest in the NHL behind Colorado.

"We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said on Monday.

"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."

Desjardins, 60, replaced John Tortorella following the 2013-14 season and guided the Canucks to a 101-point season and a playoff berth in his first year.

Vancouver amassed only 75 points in the 2015-16 campaign and plummeted after winning their first four games of the just-concluded regular season.

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