Travis Green, who has led Vancouver's American Hockey League affiliate since 2013, is set to become the Canucks' next coach, replacing Willie Desjardins, who was sacked the day after this season ended with a 30-43-9 record. Both TSN Radio Vancouver and Sportsnet are reporting that the announcement will be made later this week.
Green has coached the Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, for the past four seasons.
In four years behind the Comets' bench, Green never had a losing record. Green got his head coaching start in the WHL, taking the Portland Winterhawks to a WHL championship.
The Canucks are led by twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who turn 37 in September.
The Canucks acquired forwards Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin for veterans Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen before the trade deadline.
Canucks officially name Travis Green as new head coach
Three weeks after firing Willie Desjardins, it's being reported that Travis Green will take over the position. Vancouver finished 29th in the 30-team National Hockey League with a 30-43-9 record for 69 points, the fewest by a Canucks outfit over an 82-game campaign since 1999 when they had 58 points (23-47-12).
"The day the season ended in Utica he did the exit meetings there, he flew to Vancouver on a Tuesday, we interviewed for two days and started the contract process on Friday", Linden said.
Prior to his coaching days, Green played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League after being drafted 23rd overall in the 1989 National Hockey League entry draft.
Green will be replacing outgoing head coach Willie Desjardins, who was sacked after the Canucks' dismal 29th-place season finish in April. For another, this team is going to have to decide if they're ready to finally dedicated to a rebuild.