After a few rough performances by the Vancouver Canucks, some fans are calling for a change behind the bench.
The Vancouver Canucks lost 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, and many fans have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations. Numerous players received criticism for the poor performances, but nobody drew more heat than head coach Travis Green.
Many called out his team’s playing stile, and some even called for Green to be fired.
But should general manager Jim Benning make the change behind the bench? Let’s analyze.
Problems with Travis Green
Here are some of the concerns or problems that I and many other fans have with Green. First of all, I think his team look is too predictable at 5-on-5. It seems like the other teams just know what to do when Vancouver enters the offensive zone. They simply don’t look creative.
Another thing that irks me is that when the Canucks have a lead, Green often decides to sit back and play the trap. As a result, they ended bottling it.
When they are down, I feel Green doesn’t motivate his players enough. It makes you wonder if Green has lost the dressing room.
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Should the Canucks fire Green?
The Canucks haven’t been awful since the beginning of November, but they certainly haven’t been great.
A Reddit user by the name of ImActuallyAnOtter pointed out — after Sunday’s loss against the Vegas Golden Knights — that since Nov. 5, Vancouver had only picked up 16 points. This simply isnt good enough, and if they keep up this pace or struggle even more, Green’s seat might get even hotter.
But is a coaching change really necessary? Vancouver is still in the hunt for a playoff spot. They’re four points behind the Calgary Flames for the final wild card spot in the Western Conferene.
Firing a coach mid-season isn’t a new concept. After all, the St. Louis Blues were last in the NHL around this time last year, and they fired Mike Yeo. They replaced him with Craig Berube, and the team went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Canucks haven’t fired a head coach mid-season since Mike Keenan during the 1998-99 season, and they replaced him with Marc Crawford.
If Green does get fired, who would replace him? Nolan Baumgartner or Newell Brown might have to take the reins. If the Canucks were to hire a veteran coach, who should they go with? Pete Deboer? John Hynes? Let’s not even think about hiring Mike Babcock.
I have some problems with Green ,but I think the Canucks shouldn’t fire him just yet. However, if they keep having performances like the one they had in Vegas, Green just might see the door.