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Canucks fire Tortorella

John Tortorella has been fired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

He lasted just one season behind the Vancouver bench after signing a five-year contract last summer.

The announcement comes after the Canucks failed to make the playoffs this season and finished 25th in the NHL, behind Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal, the only Canadian team in the playoffs.

It was Vancouver's worst finish in 14 years.

Assistant coach Mike Sullivan, brought in by Tortorella, was also fired.

General manager Mike Gillis was fired in early April and the team named former Canucks captain Trevor Linden president a day later.

Firing Tortorella was the first significant move for Linden in his new job, though it didn't come as much of a surprise.

Linden is in the process of hiring a new GM and has said that person should be in charge of hiring Vancouver's new coach.

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