|Dave Nonis pays for the Canucks
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The Vancouver Canucks have fired general manager Dave Nonis after missing the NHL playoffs for the second time in his three seasons in charge.
Nonis had already been in the organisation for six years as director of hockey operations when he took over the general manager duties from Brian Burke just before the NHL lockout in 2004.
Vancouver also missed the playoffs in Nonis’ first season in 2005-06, and he responded by axing coach Marc Crawford and changing half the roster.
That included trading controversial forward Todd Bertuzzi to Florida in a six-player deal that brought back star goaltender Roberto Luongo.
Nonis then rebuilt the team around Luongo with the emphasis on defence, and the Canucks responded by winning the Northwest Division with a franchise record 105 points last season under new coach Alain Vigneault, who won NHL coach of the year.
But the team struggled to score again this season, and after being plagued by injuries to its top defenders all season, only won once in the final eight games, missing the playoffs by three points with 88.