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Sports Vancouver Canucks plan to retain GM Jim Benning

06:30  19 may  2021
06:30  19 may  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Things are getting interesting in Vancouver. On the eve of their season finale, a disappointing season at that, rumors are swirling around the Canucks. Earlier reports suggested that sweeping changes could be coming to the organization, including a potential return of Daniel and Henrik Sedin in front-office roles. Meanwhile, head coach Travis Green is still working on an expiring contract, and there has been no indication that a resolution is in sight. Considering all of this mystery and speculation, the Canucks have made perhaps the most surprising move they could: retaining GM Jim Benning. The often-criticized executive has been informed that he will be back with the team next year, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning, who has been on the job since 2014, has made some questionable decisions in regard to his most precious resource, cap space. © Photo by Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning, who has been on the job since 2014, has made some questionable decisions in regard to his most precious resource, cap space.

As Friedman relays, because of all of the uncertainty that has arisen over the past 24 hours, ownership indicated to its front-office leader that he would be returning. It’s a major decision to make ahead of a crucial offseason, as Benning will be charged with managing the Canucks’ approach to the NHL Expansion Draft (made more important by the Seattle Kraken becoming a geographical rival right away), properly executing a top-10 overall draft pick, and otherwise handling an offseason in which his roster must significantly improve despite sorely lacking cap space.

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Therein lies most of the criticism of Benning as well. The GM, who has been on the job since 2014, has made some questionable decisions in regard to his most precious resource, cap space. Benning has deemed the likes of Brandon Sutter, Erik Gudbranson, Sam Gagner, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, Sven Baertschi and Micheal Ferland as being worthy of sizeable commitments during his tenure, which has hurt the Canucks in terms of payroll and in opportunity cost. It also forced the departures of superior players such as Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev and Tyler Toffoli last offseason. Those losses were felt this season as the Canucks, fresh off a run to the Western Conference semifinals last season, lived in the basement all season. Benning is left having to pick up the pieces and will try to find a way to squeeze more talent into his roster this summer.

However, why is it Benning fixing the problem? For starters, his track record on the trade market and in the draft at least come close to balancing out his contract-negotiation mistakes. Since the 2018-19 trade deadline, Benning has added core members Tanner Pearson, J.T. Miller and Nate Schmidt at below-market prices. His recent draft picks also include current and budding stars such as Quinn Hughes, Nils Hoglander, Vasili Podkolzin, Jack Rathbone, Michael DiPietro, Jett Woo, Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich and more. So while some of the criticism of Benning is fair, too often his successes are ignored. Despite allegedly wanting to make major internal changes, the Canucks understand and appreciate what Benning has achieved and what he is trying to build in Vancouver. It seems that he will now be given at least one more year to show that he is still steering the organization in the right direction.

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Vancouver GM Jim Benning vows change after his Canucks struggled through a rough 2020-21. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports Coming into the 2020-21 season, expectations were high for the Vancouver Canucks. A team that beat the defending champ St. Louis Blues in the playoff bubble had a fun young core led by the likes of Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat and Quinn Hughes, plus a goalie on the cusp of greatness in Thatcher Demko. But this was far from a good season in Vancouver.

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