Bruce Boudreau to replace Travis Green behind Canucks bench


Numerous reports indicate that Travis Green is absent and Bruce Boudreau as coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

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Enough is enough.


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Someone had to pay.

First the coach, then maybe many others.

Vancouver Canucks have reportedly fired head coach Travis Green and replaced him with frequent flyer Bruce Boudreau, 66, who recently guided the Minnesota Wild after stoppages with the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals . Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.

Boudreau has reportedly accepted a two-year contract, but the Canucks must confirm or comment on the hiring. This may signal that more changes are coming.

What perhaps sent the property to the brink was a 4-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in which chants of “Fire Benning” were followed by a throwing fan. a swimsuit on the ice at the end of a horrible night.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) picks up a jersey from Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat (53) that a Vancouver fan threw on the ice near the end of regulation time in the third period at Rogers Arena .
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) picks up a jersey from Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat (53) that a Vancouver fan threw on the ice near the end of regulation time in the third period at Rogers Arena . Photo by Bob Frid /Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

When Green was asked after the game about his satisfaction with the current roster, his answer was revealing.

“Yeah, that’s what we have,” Green said.

This may have forced the owner to do something immediately before Monday’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings in an attempt to stop the wave of negativity in a hockey-mad town.

GM Jim Benning’s position should not be secure and it is customary for a new GM to appoint his coach. But the Canucks appear to be taking the opposite approach by firing the most visible member of hockey operations at Green.

However, Benning and deputy general manager John Weisbrod are also set to be sacked in sweeping changes. Deputy Managing Director Chris Gear could be elevated to an Interim Managing Director position. He would be supported on an interim basis by Ryan Johnson, director of player development for the Canucks and general manager of AHL affiliate Abbotsford Canucks, as well as Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Stan Smyl to help the club through this season.


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That would give more time to hire a GM or someone who could also double as president of hockey operations.


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If Scott Walker, who has worked in player development for the Canucks and is associated with the OHL Storm Guelph as president of hockey operations, joins Boudreau, it could come at the expense of current assistant coach Nolan. Baumgartner. Walker played for Boudreau in the 2009-10 season in Washington.

The Canucks have hired former Columbus assistant coach Brad Shaw in the offseason to join Jason King and Kyle Gustafson as assistants.

The Canucks had won wins in Montreal and Ottawa to end a five-game road trip, but opening a six-game home grandstand with a listless performance against the Penguins may have been the water drop.

The Canucks are last in the Pacific Division with an 8-15-2 record.

Green, a 50-year-old Castlegar native, replaced Willie Desjardins fired following the 2016-17 campaign.

Green had success with American Hockey League affiliate Utica Comets, including making it to the Calder Cup final in 2015, and was being groomed by the Canucks and courted by other clubs as well.

However, the Canucks’ only playoff appearance under his leadership over four seasons was a notable run in the Edmonton bubble in 2020, where his club pushed the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 and managed to qualify for the final of the Western Conference.


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The Canucks followed that by falling into the basement of the North Division last season in the compact season and plagued by COVID-19. They have then failed to find traction this season with poor special teams, including a historically worse penalty, and their best players struggling to score.

Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green, left-back, and general manager Jim Benning in September.
Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green, left-back, and general manager Jim Benning in September. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser have combined for one goal in the last twelve games and whether it was the result of a pure player performance or a deployment – Pettersson was sent back to the third line in an attempt to regain his game – this will be the subject of a great debate.

Green signed a two-year contract extension during the offseason. Ironically, while he was with Utica, it was rumored he could succeed Boudreau before being replaced in Anaheim by Randy Carlyle on April 29, 2016 following a first-round playoff loss to Nashville.

Boudreau was a center for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Minnesota Fighting Saints World Hockey Association. He has 70 points in 141 NHL games.

As a coach he enjoys playing an uptempo style and his chatty personality has earned him the nickname “Gabby”. He’s guided his NHL clubs to the playoffs 10 times, including the conference final twice with the Capitals and once with the Ducks. But in the past four seasons, his clubs have missed the playoffs once and have been beaten three times in the first round.

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