posted on Feb, 24 2004 @ 03:11 PM
Bob Francis was fired as coach of the struggling Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday after leading the team to the playoffs twice in the last four seasons.
The Coyotes have won just two of their last 14 games and are in last place in the Pacific Division and 13th in the Western Conference with a record of
We felt that it was time for a change in direction," general manager Michael Barnett said. "Sometimes, good coaches get replaced. Bob is a good
coach and we wish him all the best in the future."
Francis, the son of Hall of Famer Emile Francis, had a record of 165-144-60-21 in just under five seasons with Phoenix. He is the franchise leader in
victories and games coached. He was the NHL's coach of the year after leading the Coyotes to a 40-27-9-6 record in 2001-02.
"Rick is a proven NHL coach with a wealth of hockey knowledge," Barnett said. "He is an excellent communicator and has a good history of working
with young players.