Senators name Travis Green as head coach, sign him to four-year deal

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators have named Travis Green as head coach and signed him to a four-year contract.

Green takes over the NHL club from interim head coach Jacques Martin, who coached the team after D.J. Smith was fired on Dec. 18.

Green posted an 8-12-1 record as interim head coach of the New Jersey Devils last season after Lindy Ruff was fired on March 4.

The 53-year-old from Castlegar, B.C., coached in the Vancouver Canucks' system from 2013 to 2021, including four-plus seasons at the NHL level. He was fired 25 games into the 2021-22 season along with general manager Jim Benning with the Canucks sitting at 8-15-2.

The Canucks posted a 141-159-35 record under Green and made the playoffs once, when they advanced to the second round of the 2019-20 post-season before losing to Vegas in seven games.

The Senators have missed the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2024.

The Canadian Press