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Canucks Fire Coach Travis Green, Hire Bruce Boudreau

Reports have surfaced that the Vancouver Canucks have released Travis Green as coach and hired Bruce Boudreau as a replacement.

While it hasn’t been officially announced by the Vancouver Canucks organization, the team has relieved head coach Travis Green of his duties and hired veteran head coach Bruce Boudreau to replace him, per a report by NHL insider Elliotte Friedman. Friedman adds that the decision was made at some point on Sunday and an official announcement is expected soon.

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There are some insiders wondering if more news is coming, which could explain the delay in announcing the coaching change. That news could include a new general manager replacing Jim Benning, although that has not been confirmed.

The Cancuks were in need of major change after losing again Saturday evening to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now 8-15-2 on the season, the team sits in last in the Pacific Division and the roster was booed heavily, with a jersey thrown on the ice during Saturday night’s game. There was a ton of talk during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast that change was inevitable and it appears to have started.

In Boudreau, the Canucks are getting a coach who has spent time with the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and, most recently, the Minnesota Wild. He’s been behind the bench for 984 NHL games and has 567 wins, 302 losses and 115 overtime losses. He won the Jack Adams Award in 2007-08.

Bruce Boudreau Travis Green Canucks
Bruce Boudreau Travis Green Canucks

At the same time, Boureau has his detractors and there are a lot of fans in Vancouver who have taken to social media to suggest he is not the answer to the Canucks woes. While these fans wanted change, they don’t believe this is the right kind of change that will get the Canucks back on track.

Time will tell and it is expected that Boudreau likely didn’t sign a one-year, interim type deal. Pierre LeBrun is reporting it’s a two-year contract. It’s just not entirely clear who made the hire.

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