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Welcome back: Benning inks multi-year deal as Vancouver GM

May 21, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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Jim Benning is officially on his way back to Vancouver.

The former Canucks defenseman — who played with president of hockey ops Trevor Linden  — has agreed to become the 11th general manager in Vancouver franchise history, per TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Benning, 51, has spent the last seven seasons serving as Peter Chiarelli’s assistant in Boston and prior to that, worked as the director of amateur scouting in Buffalo (he also served one year in Anaheim’s scouting department). Benning was lauded for his success at the draft table with the Sabres, chiefly responsible for the club selecting the likes of  Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy, Paul Gaustad, Daniel Paille and Dennis Wideman.

Per Dreger and Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy, Benning will be introduced as the new Canucks GM on Friday.

Inheriting the gig from outgoing GM Mike Gillis — who was dismissed six weeks ago — Benning will have plenty to do over the next short while. He needs to find a new head coach to replace John Tortorella and also begin working on a strategy for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, set for June 27 in Philadelphia, in which Vancouver holds the sixth overall selection.

Benning will also have three key RFA contracts to negotiate — Zack Kassian, Jordan Schroeder and Chris Tanev — and could be active in the trade market, with the likes of Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler rumored as potential targets.

  1. miketoasty - May 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Looking bleaker and bleaker for the Pens when it comes to finding a new GM. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them stick with Jason Botterill just because there is no one else out there worth hiring.

    • har21441 - May 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      crazy comment of the day: Botrelli GM’s next year, Bylsma coaches next year. Both let go following the season, Mike Babcock comes to town to fill both voids.

  2. AppealToReason - May 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Hopefully he gives the boot to Delorme and the Canucks could start drafting an NHL capable player on occasion.

  3. canucks30 - May 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

  4. jcmeyer10 - May 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Congrats. Hard to keep a talent like that in the Bruins organization forever. Best of luck and good thing he is going to the Western Conference. Makes it easier to root for him.

  5. bruinsfan55 - May 21, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Good luck Benning! Hey maybe he’ll trade Edler here now since he and PC are pretty good friends

  6. deezenucks - May 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    I like the move, as much as I hate The Bruins you can’t argue they play solid hockey with some grit…the Marchand garbage aside.
    On the plus side, at least people like him, Gillis was hated, being a former agent too no one wanted to deal with him.

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