Ottawa Senators hire Travis Green to be next head coach

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joins Jeff Marek to dissect the Senators hiring of Travis Green as next head coach, weighs in on why they chose him over Craig Berube, and why he can be tough on players, and exactly what Ottawa was looking for.

The Ottawa Senators have hired Travis Green for their vacant head coaching position.

Green’s contract with the Senators will run through the end of the 2027-28 season.

“After speaking to several highly qualified candidates, it became clear that Travis is the right fit to lead our group,” said president and general manager Steve Staios in a statement. “As we’ve routinely stated, developing a winning culture is paramount to our aspiration of achieving sustained success. Travis has a burning desire to win, is passionate about teaching and holds his players to a very high standard.”

Green, 53, most recently was the interim head coach of the New Jersey Devils after replacing Lindy Ruff on March 4. During his time as interim coach, Green led the Devils to an 8-12-1 record over 21 games.

He also served as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 2017-22. He held a 133-147-34 record over 314 regular-season games with the Canucks and a 10-7 record in the post-season.

Ottawa fired head coach D.J. Smith last December with the team struggling toward another losing season. Jacques Martin, who previously served as Senators head coach and recently joined Smith’s staff as a senior adviser, took over on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

Green played 14 seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. In 970 career games, Green had 193 goals and 455 points.

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