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Vigneault: ‘I hope to coach again’ in the NHL

Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13: Head coach Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks talks to the media after being defeated by the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5 to 2. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Recently fired Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault won’t talk to the media at this time, but he did issue a statement. In it, he expressed his gratitude to the Canucks organization.

“The past seven years have been an honor for me to coach and work for a great franchise in a wonderful Canadian city,” Vigneault said. “To work in a city with such passionate and loyal fans is a privilege – I enjoyed every moment of it.”

And just in case there was any speculation to the contrary, the 52-year-old wants to make it very clear that he’s not done.

“I am a career coach and it is what I love to do,” Vigneault said. “I hope to coach again in this League and will always have good memories of my time and the fans in Vancouver.”

Vigneault has a 422-288-35-61 career coaching record and shouldn’t have any problem finding a new team. The Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche are two possibilities for Vigneault.

The Avalanche might be leaning towards Patrick Roy, but Vigneault entering the market gives the Avalanche something else to think about.

Other opportunities might present themselves in the near future.

Either way, Vigneault feels proud about a lot of what the Canucks accomplished during his tenure, but he does have one big regret.

“I...only wish we were able to win the Canucks first Stanley Cup,” Vigneault said.