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Canucks’ GM Clears Air On Possible Coaching Change

With two teams ahead of them in the standings changing coaches, Canucks GM Jim Benning sets the record straight on Travis Green’s future.

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Despite the two teams directly ahead of them in the NHL standings making coaching changes already this season, the Vancouver Canucks aren’t going to follow that trend. This, despite the fact their current coach hasn’t signed an extension yet and there’s some concern his long-term future might not be in Vancouver.

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The fact that there’s uncertainty surrounding Travis Green’s plans moving forward hasn’t stopped Canucks’ GM Jim Benning from saying he’s not planning a change behind the bench and his intention is to get Green signed to an extension. “I’m not looking to make a coaching change,” Benning said.

He added:

“My feeling on Travis is, we really like him. He’s done a good job with this group. He’s our coach. … Like I don’t comment on player negotiations, I’m not going to comment on coaching negotiations. But it’s something that we would like to get done moving forward.”

With a 112-118-30 over four seasons, and another losing record so far this season (11-15-2), making a change, especially if the coach might not be staying wouldn’t be a shocker. But, the Canucks don’t want Green to leave. Benning said, “He’s kind of, you know, had these young players for the last three years here, four years, and he’s grown them to where they’re at right now.” He noted that the coach is continuing to make them better and that takes time. “So I’m not looking to make a coaching change.”

Travis Green Vancouver Canucks
Travis Green Vancouver Canucks

Why Not Sign Green Then?

If the GM is so set to extend Green and has no desire to make a change despite the team’s struggles, why hasn’t he extended him yet? Is it about leaving his options open to change his mind? Or, is there something else going on?

It might simply be about money. The details of a long-term deal in a financially uncertain NHL landscape could have the Canucks holding off. The owner has backed both his GM and coach, which means timing and available funds is causing most, if not all of the delay.

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