DrChill Posted July 11, 2013 Share Posted July 11, 2013 http://blogs.theprovince.com/2013/07/10/if-travis-green-is-the-canucks-ahl-head-coach-its-one-of-their-better-moves-this-off-season/ "I was talking recently with a WHL general manager who believed the Vancouver Canucks needed to not scrimp on their AHL coach, reasoning that someone with a profound knack for getting to young players could make a difference with a depleted farm system. They’ve got some guys who could use some coaching up. With that way of thinking, Travis Green looks like a good get for them, assuming the rumours about him taking the helm of the Utica Comets are true. Green, 42, is coming off guiding the Portland Winterhawks to the WHL championship in the midst of chaos, what with Mike Johnston being suspended for the remainder of the season early in the campaign for player benefit violations and Green needing to step up from assistant coach/assistant general manager status. Combine that with 900-plus games in the NHL as a player and you’d think he would have plenty of opportunities, assuming he was against playing second fiddle to Johnston again. If the Canucks landed him, they had to work for it. That Portland situation could have easily come off the rails. You see WHL players lose focus over a bad math test. Green had to play some sort of major role in keeping them together. The Winterhawks played the same up-tempo, flashy offensive style under Green that they did under Johnston. You got the feeling they enjoyed themselves; it wasn’t unusual to see multiple drop passes on a single rush up the ice. They also seemed to check more diligently than they in the past. That could have been experience or all part of a Johnston-led progression, or it could have been the influence of Green. We’ll never know exactly. It is certain that he’s a guy trending in the right direction. And, with the way this off-season has gone, how many times has that been said about the Canucks?" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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