Although the team still have six games to play in the next nine days – including four against the Calgary Flames – questions already swirl about the future of head coach Travis Green, whose contract will expire at the end. of the season.
Green was asked about his future on Tuesday, and although he didn’t say much about the negotiations, he maintained that Vancouver was where he wanted to be despite a tough 2020-2021 campaign.
“I’m not going to comment. I said it from day one that I will not comment on my contractual situation. I’m not going to start doing it now. [General manager Jim Benning] and I’ve always had a great relationship, ”Green said.
“I wanted to coach this team through the rebuild and get to a place where I thought we were getting some good young pieces and had a bright future. And I want to continue. I still have the same feeling and Jim said the same thing. thing, that he wants me to coach the team, and we’ll see where that goes.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger tweets that if Green does eventually become a free agent this summer, he will have options.
If Travis Green becomes a free agent, similar to Rick Tocchet, Travis will have options. I sympathize with all of the clubs that have felt the financial crush of the pandemic, however, I am confused by the approach of this one. https://t.co/B4RauQitOt
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 11, 2021
The Canucks’ weak playoff hopes finally came to an end on Monday night when the Canadiens collected a point in an overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers, putting Montreal in last playoff spot in the North Division.
“Missing the playoffs is never fun”, captain Bo Horvat told reporters Monday evening. “That’s what you play for and that’s what you want to do every year is make it to the playoffs because anything can happen.… We’re going to learn from that experience. “
The Canucks’ season was derailed by a COVID-19 outbreak that saw much of their roster contracting the virus and forcing the team to stay out of play from March 24 to April 18.
“I think every year has its own challenges. This year has had some challenges. We’ve come into the season and you’re still hoping for good things and you know it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to but you are learning from everything, ”said Green.
Still, Green maintains he’s been able to get a lot out of this season.
“I think every year you coach you have the opportunity to improve as a coach and I know over the years in Vancouver I got better every year and became a better coach every season. and this year is no different, ”he said.
“When I look back on that season and finally it comes to an end, I know I’ll be able to look back and say ‘You know I’m a much better coach today than I was this season.’ ‘
Green took over from Willie Desjardins to start the 2017-18 season, leading Vancouver to a record 122-129-31 during that span.