NHL Rumors: After Hiring New Coach, Canucks to Part Ways With Sedin Twins?
After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season, the Vancouver Canucks fired coach Willie Desjardins and hired Travis Green as new mentor. Before accepting the Canucks job, Green was the head coach of the Utica, the Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate.
Green inherits a team that went 30-43-9 last season, seventh in the Pacific Division and 25 points adrift from a playoff berth. In addition, Green will also carry the burden of convincing the front office that the Canucks need to move on from aging twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who play right wing and center, respectively.
The Sedins will turn 37 in September and their performances are on the decline. In 82 games last season, Henrik tallied 15 goals and 29 assists, while Daniel had 15 goals and 29 assists. Jonathan Willis of Puck Daddy said the twins carry identical $7 million cap hit next season.
"We need to get younger, it's no secret," Green told NHL.com. "We need to infuse some young players into the lineup. You want young players to be on your team".
Based on Sports Net's report, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports told The Jeff Blair Show that the Canucks could have already moved on from the Sedins if they had traded the twins seven or eight years ago.
"Honestly if they would have traded the Sedin brothers let's say five, six years ago, the return that Vancouver would have gotten would have been amazing," Lavoie said. "And that team would have been a playoff team after that".
The Canucks have some young bloods in Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Markus Granlund, Ben Hutton and Troy Stecher. Horvat and Baertschi are familiar with the new system as they both played under Green in Utica.
Green can also get fresh players from the NHL Draft. According to a separate Sports Net report, the Canucks hold a 12.124 percent chance of winning this Saturday's draft lottery, the second-best odds in the league.
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