Losers of six in a row and 11 of their last 12, the Canucks have made a coaching change just 16 games into the season. Terry Murray, who the club hired over the summer when Jacques Lemaire retired, was not necessarily to blame for the club's early season woes, but nonetheless a shake-up had to take place. A club press release announced the change, with Peter Laviolette hired to take over the struggling Stanley Cup Champions. The front office staff refused to comment on the change. Although the Canucks did have to cut salary over the summer, the retooled squad was still believed to be as strong as any in the league. Not only are they second last with the quarter pole approaching, but the division title is almost out of reach. Colorado and Calgary lead the division, and the league with 31 points, 20 more than the Canucks. A lack of offence has plagued the Canucks, who have been a jugernaut for the past several years. Averaging less than two goals a game is unacceptable for a team that was second in the league last year. The entire struggle has confused the organization and the press, particularly as the club's powerplay continues to click at 19%. Part of the difficulty has been the run of divisional games, as the Canucks have lost several one-goal game to highly competitive Northwest rivals. However three wins in 16 games is unacceptable. THe coaching change is the fourth in Vancouver in just over a year's time. Claude Julien began last year behind the bench, but was let go when the club struggled mid-season. Jacques Lemaire was brought in, led the club to the Stanley Cup, and promptly retired. Terry Murray was brought in over the summer, and now Peter Laviolette takes over. Critics have questioned the drive and fitness of the Cup champion Canucks. In all likelihood the coaching change was an attempt to shake things up before the season was lost. Laviolette will make his coaching debut tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.