Last-place Vancouver Canucks make coaching change, hire Bruce Boudreau to replace Travis Green, source says


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A source told Greg Wyshynski that the coach was fired by the team.

The team is stuck in last place and Bruce Boudreau has been hired to replace Green.

Green was promoted to the bench of the club on April 26, 2017: after coaching the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets. He had a 125-132-32 record and was dismissed after just over 300 games.

During Green's tenure, the city made the playoffs only once, but that run was promising. The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Canucks in the second round of the playoffs.

Green is the first casualty of the season. The Western Conference's second-worst record is held by the Canucks. Green dodged questions about being on the hot seat as disgruntled fans called for change.

Green told reporters that he doesn't listen to the noise. I don't worry about the team. I understand when people are upset. It doesn't affect me in one way or the other.

After Green made those comments, Jim Benning met with the media and didn't give Green a vote of confidence.

"We're looking at everything," he said. We're trying to find solutions to our problems, and the staff is working hard. It's wearing on them like it is on all of us. I didn't expect this to happen after the moves we made this summer. We have to deal with it.

Green agreed to a contract extension with the Canuck on May 21, adding two more years to his contract. The lack of star power is the most glaring issue for the Canuck this season, and Green just wasn't able to find the right mix.

In his first 25 games, the star center has just four goals and has been almost invisible. Brock Boeser was the leader in points last season but has just 10 so far. Bo Horvat produced just 13 points.

By late November, the players were no longer hiding their frustration. J.T. Miller was asked if the dressing room was still buying in after the loss to Pittsburgh.

Another wave of criticism was levied against the Canucks' under performance after Miller said that he didn't know.

It was another loss to the Pens on Saturday that seems to have been the final nail in Green's coffin. In the near future, Benning will remain in Vancouver. The pressure to turn things around will be high.

This is the fourth NHL job for Boudreau, after stops in Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota. He was an analyst for the NHL Network.

After a 27-23-7 start to the season, the Wild decided to part ways with Boudreau in February 2020. In the NHL, he has helmed

The news of the decision was reported by Sportsnet.