VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Canucks are almost halfway through their season and have just eight wins to show from 24 games played. The team won just two of their 13 games in February, capped off by a 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Thursday at Rogers Arena.
Despite an opening two months that have caused consternation from players, coaches, and fans alike, it’s unlikely we’ll see a coaching or managerial change before the off-season.
There are a few reasons for that. For one, head coach Travis Green is in the final year of his contract. All the talk heading into training camp in January was centred around Green’s expiring deal, but both General Manager Jim Benning and team owner Francesco Aquilini have made it public in recent weeks that the 50-year-old Castlegar native is their guy behind the bench.
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Another reason is that a coaching change might not necessarily salvage Vancouver’s season, either. Take into account the fact a new bench boss might be forced into a 14-day quarantine. Also, the pool of available coaches might be much larger come the off-season despite veterans like 500 game-winner Bruce Boudreau and 2018 NHL Coach of the Year Gerard Gallant being out of a job right now.
We’re less than two weeks removed from Aquilini’s series of tweets that showed support for his management group, too. Vancouver has won just two of the seven games they’ve played since those posts were made, but Aquilini made it clear: he has no plans to make changes.
I have full confidence in Jim, Travis, and this group. I have no plans to make changes. #WeAreAllCanucks
— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) February 14, 2021
The Canucks next action is Monday at 5 p.m. in Winnipeg. You can catch the game on Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet 650.