VANCOUVER - If general manager Mike Gillis' comments two weeks earlier weren't convincing enough, he made it official Wednesday.
Coach Alain Vigneault will be back next season with the Vancouver Canucks.
The team announced they have signed the club's winningest coach, who will return for his seventh season, to a contract extension. The team did not say how long the extension was for, though.
"I look forward to taking the next step with this franchise in bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver," Vigneault said in a statement. "I feel fortunate to be able to work with such a dedicated group of management, coaches and players in this great city I love."
The 51-year-old Vigneault has led the team to a Stanley Cup final, back-to-back Presidents' Trophies, five Northwest Division titles and five 100-plus point campaigns. The former Jack Adams Trophy winner has also compiled a 287-155-50 regular-season record and a 33-31 playoff record since taking over the reins in 2006, when he succeeded Marc Crawford.
It's that respectable resume which Gillis alluded to on May 7 -- following his own contract extension -- when he said he felt comfortable with the way Vigneault has coached.
"I don't know why you wouldn't want somebody back that has done an excellent job and has the results to show for it," Gillis said at the time.