Sports Canucks sign GM Jim Benning to multi-year extension

01:11  15 february  2018
01:11  15 february  2018 Source:   theprovince.com

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The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed general manager Jim Benning to a multi-year contract extension.

Benning, who took over the GM’s role from Mike Gillis in 2014, was in the final year of his contract.

“I’m grateful to the Aquilini family and to Trevor Linden for the commitment they’ve made to me and for their confidence in our long-term vision for the Vancouver Canucks,” Benning said in a release.

“I’m excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build. I believe we are on the right track and I am pleased to continue the work we started four years ago when we set out to build a championship team.”

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The team held a press conference at noon.

Details of the deal have not been released but Sportsnet’s Hockey Night In Canada commentator Elliotte Friedman says its rumoured that Benning’s contract extension with the Canucks is for three years.

“With Jim’s guidance and leadership we have put the building blocks in place for a bright future,” said Canucks president Trevor Linden. “We have strong internal alignment and I am excited to continue working towards our ultimate goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to Vancouver.”

The Canucks, who are seventh in the NHL’s Pacific Division with a 22-28-6 record, host the Florida Panthers tonight, 7 p.m., at Rogers Arena.

Benning arrived in Vancouver from Boston where he spent seven years as assistant general manager and helped build the team into a Stanley Cup champion in 2011.  He also spent 12 years with the Buffalo Sabres as director of amateur scouting.

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Unlikely to make the playoffs this season, the Canucks have only made the postseason once, the 2014-15 campaign, during his tenure in Vancouver.

Under Benning, however, the Canucks have restocked their prospect pool with elite talent. Last month, TSN analyst Craig Button featured five Vancouver prospects on his annual Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects list, including top-ranked Elias Pettersson,  a 19-year-old Swedish centre who the Canucks drafted fifth overall in 2017.

Joining Pettersson on Button’s top-50 list were Finnish defenceman Olli Juolevi (No. 24),  U.S. college centre Adam Gaudette (No. 26), Swedish winger Jonathan Dahlen (No. 31) and U.S.-born netminder Thatcher Demko (No. 42).

“It’s been a trying season in Vancouver, but there’s reason to believe better days are ahead,” Button wrote.

On Wednesday, in a letter to season-ticket holders, Linden said the Canucks’ future was bright thanks to the depth of talent that Benning and the team’s scouts have assembled.

“Just like many of you, I’m excited about the group of prospects in our pipeline including Elias Pettersson, Olli Juolevi, Thatcher Demko, Adam Gaudette, Kole Lind, Jonathan Dahlen and others who are among many young players taking big steps,” Linden wrote.

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