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Report: Canucks to name Benning GM this week

May 20, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

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Vancouver’s new general manager search will reportedly come to an end this week.

Boston assistant GM Jim Benning will be named as the Canucks’ new man in charge, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. The news comes more than six weeks after the club dismissed Mike Gillis as GM and hired franchise legend Trevor Linden as president of hockey operations.

The Benning hire makes sense on a number of fronts. One, he and Linden spent five years playing together in Vancouver and the move would continue in the theme of bringing ex-Canucks into the managerial fold. Two, Benning has the scouting experience and acumen Linden is reportedly seeking in a new GM — prior to joining the Bruins, he had great success as the head of amateur scouting in Buffalo, selecting the likes of Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy, Paul Gaustad, Daniel Paille and Dennis Wideman.

Per the Bruins website, Benning has assisted GM Peter Chiarelli in a number of areas since taking the post in 2007, advising on player evaluation, trades and free agent signings.

Assuming Benning is released in time for the draft, he’ll have plenty of work to do. Vancouver has almost all of its picks this year, including the sixth overall selection.


  1. pjblake2redwings - May 20, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    does it even Matter who the GM is. The Canucks Suck! Good luck with Eddie Lack as your starter bahahah

    • iamcanadian87 - May 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Well, the new GM can address the goaltending if he chooses… so it actually does matter.

      • tmoore4075 - May 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        He’s a Wings fan it looks like. They could lose 5 games in a row 1-0 or 2-1 and it’s the goalie’s fault.

    • mshantz22 - May 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      This year there are a few good starters available via free agency with Hiller and Miller not expected to re-sign with their clubs. So I doubt they stick with Lack and Markstrom.

  2. sixchr - May 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    With Benning going to Vancouver I’ll be interested to see if he pursues maybe Niklas Svedberg or Malcolm Subban as part of that supposed Alex Edler trade being discussed at the deadline. That would also obviously depend on Benning’s view of those goalies vs. Boston’s.

  3. canada2014gold - May 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    It will be interesting to find out his take on this team, weather he wants a full rebuild or a re-tool or whatever.

  4. theageofquarrel - May 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Odd they would hire a David Lynch look a like

  5. blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 1:17 PM


    While this is no doubt a step in the right direction, the fact remains that the carnage which Gillis inflicted upon this team and the brand is ‘positively’ mind-boggling. The Canucks are now on par with their ‘lowly’ contemporaries in Alberta, which only a year ago would have been unthinkable. Even there however, at least the Oilers and Flames are now trending upward (ie: especially the latter). The Canucks on the other hand have likely ‘just’ begun what is going to be a ‘long & difficult’ descent into obscurity … and that’s a shame. Rumors here in Vancouver have it that ‘season’ ticket sales & suite bookings may be off by as much as 25% for the 2014-15 season, with much of that coming from the ‘lucrative’ corporate customer. In addition, there are the ‘countless’ millions left on the books thanks to Gillis which will have to be absorbed and/or written off. ‘How and why Gillis’ was allowed to do what he did here, has to be one of the biggest mysteries of all.

  6. dropthepuckeh - May 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I guess we can assume there is no chance of a Seguin to Vancouver for picks trade….

  7. muckleflugga - May 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM


    canucks are not quite on par with lowly contemporaries in alberta it would seem

    canucks have yet to win a cup in forty four years, whereas flames won a cup after nine years in calgary … your kings took forty five years to win their cup

    the term futility as opposed to lowly comes to mind

    were it not for the mid-season acquisition of darryl suter in 2012, to right a kings’ ship in utter disarray, kings might still be wanting for a cup, this while understanding they scrambled into the playoffs on a losing run of their own before stars took the gas pipe on the last weekend of the season

    it is noted darryl sutter took the flames to a game seven cup final in his first season coaching, with success waning after the lockout and rule changes restricting holding, hooking and interference, all stock-in-trade in defensive-minded hockey

    without ability to hold, hook and interfere, teams like hawks are a tough beat at anytime, short of another miracle

    both canucks and flames are showing promise, removing rot from management teams over-long in the doing … time will tell for canucks, but their patience in hiring gillis and tortorella’s replacements are a good sign …

    flames have a proven winner in hartley, himself soon to be blessed with top-shelf prospects protected by a growing wall of truculence … canucks would do well to match in a conference where size matters

    find comfort in knowing, were kings to continue winning cups at their current rate, they’d match oilers’ five cup wins by the year 2239 … canucks on current form, by the year 2525 –if man is still alive

    there’s lowly and then there’s outright futility

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      “without ability to hold, hook and interfere, teams like hawks are a tough beat at anytime, short of another miracle” …

      Flugga – That is ‘exactly’ how the mob (Flyers) took out Bobby Orr and the Bruins back in ’74 ! It was ‘despicable’ at the time and I’ll never forget that warm spring here in Vancouver (ie: I had just become a LA Kings fan the year before, however I still retained ‘strong’ emotions for Orr, as he was my first ever hockey hero growing up as a kid in Montreal in the 60’s). Regardless, the bottom line today is that we LA Kings are ‘physically’ today by far the ‘biggest’ team in the NHL and therefore ‘we will do ‘that’ which needs to be done’ … Corinthians 26:7

      As for your Flames there in southern Alberta ? … yes, tomorrow looks ‘promising’ for sure. In fact, even the Oiler’s prospects are now looking up, though until they liquidate the ‘murderer’ MacTavish they’ll probably never hit their full stride. With Vancouver however, trust me friend, it’s ‘not’ a pretty state of affairs. By virtue of a ‘former’ lover, I’m able today to almost ‘farcically’ keep abreast of ‘that’ which makes the Canuckles tick at the highest level. And therefore I can tell you Flugga that these people are both confused and very scared in ‘no’ uncertain terms. Yes of course Linden is a ‘nice’ guy and all … however he’s both weak and very naive. His days as the Canuck’s new president were ‘numbered’ from the second he took the gig. The bottom line is that there’s a storm brewing down here on the coast, trust me … and there’s going to be the devil to pay !

  8. Wineshard - May 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Linden will right the ship. They have some nice assets that can be parlayed to mould an actual team out of.

    I have been calling for years for the Sedins to be their second line. If some of these prospects (Horvat, Shinkaruk, Fox, Gaunce, Jensen, Cassels) can find form to be difference makers in the NHL then there is hope.

    They need to invest in one exceptional D-man and not 4 pretty good ones. Most of the recent SC winners have a Norris-quality D-man.

    It also wouldn’t hurt to have a heavier team.

  9. mrhyperpants - May 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    What’s gonna be funny is when the New York rangers win the cup this year hahahaha. So gonna laugh at knuckle head fans then.

  10. canada2014gold - May 21, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Lol the fact that you think NY has a legit chance is the funny part. Look at coach V’s history with LA and Chicago. They are having a cute run and Prove got hurt. Canucks are rebuilding yes but how long is it till Sather offers Vanek 70 mil over 8 years ???

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