According to a report Tuesday morning from TSN, Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning is expected to be named the next general manager of the Vancouver Canucks later this week.
Benning, a former Canucks defenseman from 1986-90, just completed his eighth season with the Bruins, seventh as an assistant GM to Peter Chiarelli. He joined the team in 2006 as director of amateur scouting after 12 seasons in the Buffalo Sabres organization.
“We have given permission for Jim to talk,” Bruins president Cam Neely said on Tuesday. “He’s talked to a couple different teams. That’s what happens when you have success, that other teams look at other organizations that have had success and start inquiring about your management group. It’s something that a lot of good organizations have had to deal with over time and we’re dealing with that right now.”
Benning would replace Mike Gillis, whom Vancouver’s newly-appointed team president Trevor Linden fired last month along with head coach John Tortorella after a 36-35-11 season. According to the Vancouver Sun, the Canucks are pursuing Benning with the assumption that the team may not land him until after the NHL entry draft in late June, much in the same way the Bruins were forced to wait for Chiarelli to complete his drafting duties with the Ottawa Senators in 2006. The Canucks have the sixth pick in this year’s draft.
TSN’s Darren Dreger suggests that former Nashville coach Barry Trotz is high on the list of the team’s coaching candidates.
"I think that it speaks to what’s now become sort of the Boston model," Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said. "People do want to copy what you’re doing because of the success we have seen and we didn’t win this year, and got to the Finals the year before and all. These are enviable positions to be in. I love being here after a season like we just had. Disappointment in the playoffs and our objective is the Cup, it isn’t necessarily to have the best team during the regular season as it is to win the Stanley Cup. We will continue that objective and I think we will continue to grow from here."