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Wake With Elias: Travis Green is a Top-10 NHL Coach

The votes are in, and apparently he was better than Barry Trotz this season.

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Vancouver Canucks v Minnesota Wild
Head coach Travis Green of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his teams 5-4 win on a goal by Christopher Tanev (not pictured) at :11 in overtime to defeat the Minnesota Wild in Game Four and the Western Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 07, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta.
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The votes are in...and apparently Travis Green is a better coach than Barry Trotz.

At least, that’s what the National Hockey League’s Broadcasters Association might have you think, based on the Jack Adams votes that were posted yesterday.

You’ll notice that Green ended up 10th in voting, propped up by receiving two first-place votes. It’s nice to see that he was getting some love in the regular season, because he surely garnered more positive attention during the playoffs.

Boston’s Bruce Cassidy took home the award...likely because the regular season seems like ions ago, and many probably forgot what happened,

“The Bruins were the best team in the regular season? Okay then, give it to Cassidy!”

Petty jokes aside, Cassidy was a fine choice, and it’s nice to see former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault get some love for a stellar first season in Philadelphia as well. Oh, and former Canucks assistant coach Rick Bowness cracked the top-12 as well after taking over as the Dallas Stars coach in the middle of the season.

It seems like a bad joke that Barry Trotz is in 14th, which is backed up by the Islanders making it to the conference final. However, they did struggle in the second half of the regular season and were on the precipice of the playoff picture.

Still, Trotz is the best coach in the league for what he’s done with that team. Change my mind.

Here are some other news and notes about your Canucks, and from around the NHL.

  • Always nice to see Canada get some love on the Toronto Sports Network. Reporter Frank Seravelli talks about how the Canucks are in the best position to end Canada’s Cup drought. [TSN]
  • Some more Canucks love this morning, as the Canucks finished third on Corey Pronman’s annual organizational rankings. The rankings are based on the best prospects and U-22 NHL players in each organization. [The Athletic]
  • Good warning column from Daniel Wagner about all this hype the Canucks have built up. [Vancouver is Awesome]
  • So, Nikita Kucherov did this last night.

Sorry if you bet money on the Islanders to win this series. It’s easy to get sucked into the Barry Trotz hype.

The Lightning won the game 2-1, and they now take a 2-0 series lead.

Hope you enjoyed summer hockey, because it might be here to stay.