Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sedins Eager to Get to Work with Canucks Rookie Head Coach Travis Green

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sedins Eager to Get to Work with Canucks Rookie Head Coach Travis Green

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Henrik Sedin: Travis Green's system fits us


VANCOUVER - When the Vancouver Canucks hired Travis Green as their new head coach this spring, a video of his fight with Dan Cloutier from their playing days was widely circulating online.

Henrik Sedin took part in that 2003 game against the Boston Bruins, but also needed a refresher of the altercation sparked by former Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi cross-checking Green into Cloutier, then Vancouver's netminder, to set off a melee in the crease.

"I've seen that clip," Sedin said with a smile.

Cloutier was promoted to the position of Canucks' goalie coach last season and remains on the staff after Green replaced the fired Willie Desjardins.

While he never had any on-ice run ins with man who will be calling out his number this season, Sedin remembers going up against Green during his first six years in the NHL.

"At that time he was more of a checking forward, but he was a guy that had some skill as well," said the Vancouver captain. "It's pretty neat to play a few years against him way back.

"Talking to him, his brand of hockey seems very exciting and something that I think will fit us."

Henrik and Daniel Sedin picked up honorary degrees for their charity work and community involvement from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C., this week, but the conversation with reporters afterwards quickly turned to their future with the rebuilding Canucks.

The talented twins, who will be 37 and heading into the final year of their contracts when the puck drops this fall, are coming off their worst statistical performances since taking over as the team's undisputed leaders in the mid-2000s.

Henrik had just 51 points last season, while Daniel came in at a paltry 44 for an offensively challenged team that finished 28th and 29th the last two years, and is unlikely to contend any time soon as it looks to infuse even more youth into the lineup. …

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