Canucks name Travis Green as new head coach

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VAN close to finalizing contract with Travis Green to be new head coach.

The Canucks have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday at 11 a.m.to announce the hiring.

Portland Winterhawks coach Travis Green gestures during play against the Halifax Mooseheads during the third period of Memorial Cup action in Saskatoon, Sask., on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

The Canucks will promote Travis Green from the AHL to serve as the team's next head coach, TSN reported.

Vancouver fired coach Willie Desjardins on April 10 after the Canucks (30-43-9) finished with the second-fewest points in the National Hockey League after missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. He began his coaching career with the Winterhawks as an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager in the 2009.10 season.

The native of Castlegar, B.C., also played 970 career regular-season games in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins, where he tallied 193 goals and 262 assists for 455 points. Green added 21 points in 56 playoff contests. The team made it to the Calder Cup final in 2014-15 and lost in the semifinals in the following season.

Centre Jonathan Dahlen, whom Benning received in return for sending veteran winger Alex Burrows to Ottawa at the March 1 trade deadline, had 25 goals in 45 second-division games in Sweden. In three seasons Desjardins lead the Canucks to a 109-110-27 record, missing the playoffs the last two years.

The Canucks are led by twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who turn 37 in September.

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