Report: Willie Desjardins will return as coach of Canucks next season

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Willie Desjardins’ job is safe, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman broke the news during Saturday Headlines tonight on Hockey Night in Canada.

“Earlier this week I had a chance to speak to Trevor Linden and one of the things he said was end any speculation about Willie Desjardins’ future, there’s no doubt he will be back next year as coach of the Canucks.”

Desjardins has come under fire this year after some questionable tactical decisions and a disappointing record of 24-27-12.

It has also been speculated that the Canucks may want to make a coaching change so that they wouldn’t lose their minor league coach Travis Green to another team. Green has a record of 105-71-23 in three seasons with the Utica Comets.

Desjardins has faced his share of criticism this year, and much of it has been deserved. But to play devil’s advocate, he coached the exact same way last season and helped the Canucks overachieve with the league’s 8th best record.

When you’re losing, it’s easy to poke holes.

Desjardins’ strong first season in Vancouver has likely earned him some rope and he will be back behind the Canucks’ bench next season. For a team looking to rebuild, patience might not be the worst strategy.

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