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5 Apr 1998:  Center Travis Green of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in action during a game against the Calgary Flames at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.The Ducks and Flames tied 3-3. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport
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Canucks won’t say if Ducks have asked to interview Travis Green

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Anaheim has a pretty deep list of candidates for its vacant head coaching gig, but one guy continues to stand out among the rest:

Travis Green, the head coach of Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica.

Green, who’s been under Vancouver’s employ for the last three years, has already been floated as a potential replacement for Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim — but it remains unclear whether or not the Ducks have asked the Canucks permission to speak with him.

If they have, well, the Canucks aren’t saying. From the O.C. Register:

[Green] has some Ducks ties, having played 108 of his 970 NHL games with Anaheim over two stints in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons and the 2006-07 season.

A Canucks spokesman said Vancouver general manager Jim Benning would not comment on whether the Ducks have asked for permission to speak to Green, but they showed interest in him early last season when the team got off to a slow start with Boudreau.

Greene, 45, would be a really intriguing hire. He’s been a winner at both the junior level (with WHL Portland) and at the AHL level, having led the Comets to the Calder Cup Final last season.

And though he was a bit player during that aforementioned ’06-07 campaign — appearing in just seven games — Green was teammates with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Todd Marchant (now the director of player development) and Scott Niedermayer (now a special assignment coach).

So needless to say, his ties to the organization run deep.

Green, widely considered to be one of the brightest young coaching candidates in the American League, is under contract for one more season in Utica, but reportedly has an out-clause to pursue an NHL job.

He’s on record saying he thinks he’s ready to make the leap to the big leagues.

Report: Prized prospect Buchnevich set to join Rangers

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 4:  Pavel Buchnevich #19 of Team Russia skates against Team Sweden during a semi-final game in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at the Air Canada Centre on January 4, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Team Russia defeated Team Sweden 4-2 to advance to the gold medal game against Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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One of the brightest young talents in the Rangers organization could soon be on his way to North America.

Per the Post, Pavel Buchnevich — the 85th overall pick in 2013 — is close to signing his entry-level deal, possibly by this weekend.


[Buchnevich] has representation both in North America and in Russia, so the process is not always straightforward. But The Post has been told that Buchnevich has declared his intent to join the Rangers after deferring that decision last year.

If the deal is indeed consummated, the plan would be for Buchnevich — who does not speak English — to spend as much of the summer as possible training in New York in order to become acclimated to his surroundings.

The Russian forward, who only turned 21 last month, is coming off a quality KHL campaign split between Cherepovets Severstal and SKA St. Petersburg, scoring 16 goals and 37 points in 58 games.

The Post notes Buchnevich has drawn comparisons to Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Where the youngster plays next year remains to be seen. Given his pedigree and skill set, it’s likely he’ll get a crack at making the Rangers’ roster out of camp, which would fit with the plan to get him to North America as soon as possible.

But much will depend on what GM Jeff Gorton does this offseason.

Up front, the club has three UFAs in Viktor Stalberg, Dominic Moore and Eric Staal. The latter two are not expected to receive new deals, while Stalberg could return on the cheap — he scored nine goals and 20 points on a $1.1 million deal this year, which was fairly good value.

Those three are likely low on Gorton’s priority chart, however.

The Blueshirts GM has some key RFAs to negotiate with — Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath — and there have been rumblings about a potential buyout of Dan Girardi, who’s under contract through 2020 with a $5.5 million annual cap hit.

No coaching changes coming for Isles, says Snow

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who was hit with a puck during the third period, has a cut on his nose as he speaks to the media after Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. The Islanders defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

This won’t come as much of a surprise, but — after winning their first playoff series since 1993 — the Isles are keeping their coaching staff intact.

That’s the plan from GM Garth Snow, anyway.

“There’s a great respect from our players to the coaches and vice versa,” Snow told Newsday on Tuesday. “Sitting through these meetings with the players, there’s a respect that’s impressive to me. Our team is prepared, they’re in great condition, for me I’m very thankful to have the coaching staff we have.”

This means that Jack Capuano, currently the fourth-longest tenured coach in the NHL, will be back for his seventh year on the job. That also means all of Capuano’s staff — assistants Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum — will be back for another kick at the can as well.

The question about a possible coaching change was posed because, on July 1, Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky take over as majority owners from Charles Wang. You know, the old “new bosses want their own hires” sort of thing.

But in addition to Capuano and staff deserving to stay on board, there’s also the issue of timing. If Malkin and Ledecky did want to make a change — and to be clear, nobody is saying that — July 1 would be a tough time to make it.

The NHL draft will have already come and gone, and July 1 also corresponds with the opening day of free agency.

Snow also told Newsday he doesn’t expect to make any front office changes this summer, either.

Quincey would rather re-sign in Detroit than test free agency

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Kyle Quincey‘s spent eight of his 11 NHL seasons with the Red Wings organization and, to hear him explain it, he’d like to push it to nine.

Or even more.

“If Kenny [general manager Holland] offers me something I’d love to come back,” Quincey, a pending UFA, told Mive this week. “We love it here. But if not, just see what happens.”

Quincey, 30, was drafted by the Wings in 2003 and returned to the organization in 2011, following a three-year stint in Los Angeles and Colorado. He’s become a regular fixture on Detroit’s back end in his second go-around but, this year, he missed a ton of time to injury and didn’t emerge as one of Jeff Blashill’s personal favorites.

Blashill scratched Quincey in Game 3 of Detroit’s opening-round playoff loss to Tampa, and didn’t provide a reason why.

Despite that, Quincey did form a pretty solid pairing with Danny DeKeyser this season, something that could prove valuable when Holland and Blashill decide how they want to address the defense moving forward.

Whatever the case, it’s pretty clear the ball’s in Detroit’s court.

That’s a similar situation to two summers ago when Quincey, a UFA, had to wait until July 1 for the Red Wings to make their move. Holland ponied up on the opening day of free agency with a two-year, $8.5 million deal, presumably after looking at the rest of the options out there — and not being overly thrilled.

Quincey expects this summer to go the same way.

“Two years ago I didn’t know anything until July 1,” Quincey said. “I’m assuming it’s probably going to be the same thing.”

Stralman practices fully — could he return for Eastern Conference Final?

Tampa Bay Lightning's Anton Stralman (6), of Sweden, avoids the check of Detroit Red Wings' Joakim Andersson, also of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 20, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Welcome sight at Bolts practice on Wednesday as Anton Stralman — who’s missed all of the postseason with a broken leg — returned to partake in his first full session since suffering the injury in March.

Stralman participated in all drills and skated on a pairing with regular defensive partner Victor Hedman, leading some to speculate Stralman could draw into the lineup when the Bolts take on the Pens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday.

Head coach Jon Cooper tried to tap the brakes on that theory, though.

“I will just set the record straight now, all injured players are indefinite,” Cooper said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “Don’t read anything into anything until you see them at the game. It’s unfair to the players. When they’re in, we’ll let you know when they’re going to be in.

“No use in putting timelines on guys. They usually turn out to be wrong anyway. It’s all speculation.”

A 22-minutes-per-night guy that’s among the Bolts’ best possession d-men, Stralman is a valuable right-handed shot, on a blueline that doesn’t have many.

It’s why the club has been anxious to get him back in the mix, especially against a Pittsburgh team he’s fared well against this season.

Stralman was a key piece of last year’s Stanley Cup Final run, scoring nine points in 26 games.