Canucks hire Bruce Boudreau as head coach to replace Travis Green – .

Canucks hire Bruce Boudreau as head coach to replace Travis Green – .

The Vancouver Canucks have fired head coach Travis Green and hired Bruce Boudreau to replace him, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

The move came on Sunday, after the Canucks lost for the 10th time in 13 games, losing 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

It was a particularly ugly night with fans chanting “Fire Benning” – making their feelings known about GM Jim Benning in the third period. A fan later threw a jersey on the ice as a modest two-game winning streak – against two of the league’s weakest teams in Montreal and Ottawa – came to an end.

The Canucks are 8-15-2 this season, the last in the Pacific Division.

Boudreau, 66, has coached the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and, most recently, the Minnesota Wild. In 984 games directed, he has 567 wins, 302 losses and 115 losses in overtime. In 2007-08, while with the Capitals, Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award for Best Coach, but his failure to take a team led by Alex Ovechkin deep into the playoffs, combined with an early crisis. season, led to his dismissal on November 28, 2011.

It wasn’t long without a job: two days later, the Ducks hired him to take over from fellow Maple Leafs alumnus Randy Carlyle (Green is also a Maple Leafs alumnus), setting a record. of the NHL for the fastest to be rehired after being fired. Boudreau coached the Ducks to four straight division titles, but not much success in the playoffs, which resulted in his firing on April 29, 2016.

It took Boudreau a little longer to get his next job. Less than two weeks later, on May 7, 2016, he was hired by the Wild, but has enjoyed average success over four seasons. After being fired by the Wild on February 14, 2020, he spent part of that season as an analyst with the NHL network – which is fitting for a guy whose nickname is “Gabby”.

In a total of 14 seasons behind the bench, Boudreau has never known a losing season. However, he never coached a team until the Stanley Cup Final, making it to the Conference Finals once.

Boudreau was born in Toronto and played for his hometown Marlies as well as for the Maple Leafs. His playing career has been spent primarily in the minors, however, over 779 games between 1972 and 1992 in the AHL, CHL and LHI. In 141 NHL games, all but seven with the Leafs (he also played for the Blackhawks), he has 28 goals and 42 assists for 70 points.

Green, 50, from Castlegar, B.C., became the second head coach fired in the NHL this season after Chicago’s Jeremy Colliton (Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville resigned in mid Blackhawks Sexual Assault Scandal).

Hired to replace Willie Desjardins after the 2017 season, Green missed the playoffs in three of four full seasons with the Canucks.

The only playoff appearance came in 2019-20 when the Canucks completed the Canadian team’s deepest run, falling in Game 7 of the second round against Vegas.

But the Canucks followed that up, finishing last in the all-Canadian division last year following a COVID-19 outbreak that created a busy late schedule.

Green signed a two-year extension with the Canucks in May.

Green was hired by the Canucks after coaching the team’s AHL affiliate in Utica for four years, highlighted by a run to the Calder Cup final in 2015.

Previously, Green guided the Portland Winterhawks to the Memorial Cup final in 2013.


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