Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/23/12

Even though the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round this season, they announced Wednesday that they have signed coach Alain Vigneault to a two-year contract extension.

"Alain has established himself as one of the premiere coaches in the National Hockey League," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said. "He has demonstrated a commitment to winning that has led to back-to-back Presidents' Trophies and we are confident his dedication and hard work will continue to yield positive results. Alain has built a foundation of winning with this franchise and I feel he can continue to build on that foundation to achieve our ultimate goal."

In six seasons as Vancouver's coach, Vigneault has a record of 287-155-50.

The Canucks had the best regular-season record in the NHL this season, but lost in the opening round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

The team got to the Stanley Cup finals last year before losing to the Boston Bruins.

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