With the crew caught in final place, Bruce Boudreau has been employed to interchange Inexperienced because the Canucks’ twentieth coach.
Inexperienced was promoted to Vancouver’s bench on April 26, 2017, after teaching the membership’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets. Regardless of a formidable run within the NHL playoff bubble of 2020, he was dismissed after 289 video games, ending with a 125-132-32 document.
Vancouver made the postseason solely as soon as in Inexperienced’s tenure, throughout the coronavirus pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season, however that run was promising. The Canucks superior to the second spherical in Edmonton that summer time, finally falling to the Vegas Golden Knights.
This season has been abysmal for Vancouver, and Inexperienced is the primary casualty. The Canucks are 8-15-2, the second-worst document within the Western Convention.
Final month, Inexperienced deflected questions on being on the recent seat amid the rising refrain of disgruntled followers calling for change.
“I do not take heed to the noise,” Inexperienced instructed reporters. “I solely fear about teaching the crew. I do perceive when individuals get upset. However … it would not affect me by some means.”
Shortly after Inexperienced made these feedback, Canucks basic supervisor Jim Benning met with the media, and did not give Inexperienced a vote of confidence.
“We’re taking a look at every thing,” Benning mentioned. “We’re looking for options to our issues, and Travis and his workers are working onerous. Shedding is sporting on them, prefer it’s sporting on all of us. That is one thing that I did not count on to occur after the strikes we made this summer time. But it surely’s taking place, and now we have to cope with it.”
After a spring of headlines round his future, Inexperienced reached an settlement on a contract extension with the Canucks on Might 21, including two extra years to his deal. However there have been a number of points for the Canucks this season, probably the most obtrusive of which is their lack of star energy, and Inexperienced simply wasn’t capable of finding the right combination.
Star heart Elias Pettersson, who signed a three-year, $22 million contract in October, has been near-invisible with simply 4 objectives in his first 25 video games. Brock Boeser led Vancouver in factors final season however has simply 10 in 22 video games to this point. Even captain Bo Horvat has struggled, producing simply 13 factors.
By late November, not even Canucks gamers had been hiding their frustrations any longer. After a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh, marking Vancouver’s seventh defeat in eight video games, J.T. Miller was requested if everybody within the dressing room was nonetheless shopping for in.
“I do not know,” Miller mentioned, sparking one other tidal wave of criticism levied towards the Canucks’ underperformance.
Coincidentally, it was one other 4-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday that appears to have been the ultimate nail in Inexperienced’s coffin. For now, Benning stays in Vancouver. However the stress to show issues round beneath Boudreau shall be intense.
This chance with the Canucks shall be Boudreau’s fourth cease as an NHL coach, after stints in Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota. He was working as an analyst for the NHL Community this season.
Boudreau was fired by the Wild in February 2020, after a 27-23-7 begin to the 2019-20 season. In all, Boudreau has coached 984 NHL video games, with a 567-302-115 document.
Sportsnet first reported information of the Canucks’ determination Sunday evening.