Things are getting shaken up in Vancouver as the Pacific Division last place Canucks would make changes both in the front office and behind the bench.
Gone from the organization is General Manager Jim Benning and Assistant General Manager John Weisbrod from the front office. From behind the bench Head Coach Travis Green and Assistant Coach Nolan Baumgartner have been relieved of their duties.
Behind the bench former Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau will take over as the new Head Coach for the Canucks, and Scott Walker will be joining him as his Assistant Coach. In the front office Stan Smyl will take over the role of Interim General Manager with Ryan Johnson filling in as the interim Assistant General Manager while the search for new Hockey Operations leadership begins.
The Key Details
The 8-15-2 Canucks right now look to salvage the rest of their season. While making the playoffs look to be a long shot at this point, the key will be to get the players back on track. Something to also note is that there is no guarantee that Stan Smyl takes on the General Manager role full time and could be simply in the interim role until the offseason when a new General Manager is most likely named. As for Boudreau, he has signed a two year contract that takes him through the end of the 2022-23 season, and even then it’s not a guarantee that he’ll remain with the team when a new General Manager is named as that individual may have someone else in mind for the culture that they’ll want to instill into the Canucks. Right now the Canucks ownership is looking to stop the bleeding by putting in a stop gap measure to try to right the ship as much as they can in this already disastrous season.
The Canucks have to hit the ground running as they host the Los Angeles Kings tonight, and these next ten days will be crucial for the team as well as they look to make these adjustments on the fly.
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