Report: NHL looking at tampering complaint regarding Benning's comments about Subban, Stamkos

Thomas Drance
June 24 2016 10:13AM

The NHL is reportedly looking into a complaint against Canucks general manager Jim Benning regarding comments he made on Thursday expressing his club's general interest in Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

Benning is probably the most candid and accessible executive in hockey, which is to his credit. In this case though, his comments - in which he admitted during a TSN 1040 interview that the Canucks had called to inquire about Subban's availability and planned "to talk to" Stamkos following the draft - may have placed the Vancouver general manager into a spot of hot water.

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Could Dave Cameron have the inside track on Canucks assistant coaching job?

Jeff Paterson
June 24 2016 09:05AM

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BUFFALO, NY – Does Dave Cameron have the inside track to join the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant coach?

The career coach is out of work after being fired by the Ottawa Senators in April. He has a wealth of experience as both a head coach and an assistant in the National Hockey League. And, perhaps most importantly, he has served as Willie Desjardins’ right hand man once before.

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What are Mock Drafts Saying About the Vancouver Canucks?

J.D. Burke
June 24 2016 09:00AM

The Vancouver Canucks have the fifth overall selection in this year's draft, which is the highest such selection since snagging the Sedins in 1999. So understandably, the organization and their fans alike are abuzz with the news.

Part of the fun is figuring out how to spend that pick. Or better still, how the Canucks will spend the selection. To the Canucks credit, they've been relatively open about their intentions at the draft. If you follow the cookie crumb trail, you can see the players they've fallen in and out of love with at that spot.

I remember a time when Jakob Chychrun was their guy. From what I can gather now, he's not even in their top three... defenceman. The organization loves Olli Juolevi, though. So too do they appear to covet Pierre-Luc Dubois, a player that Canucks General Manager Jim Benning scouted extensively before going to the U18 World Hockey Championships. I've never bought into their interest in Matthew Tkachuk personally, but everything they've said publically suggests he's another player they're considering.

The Canucks may be short on draft picks, but they certainly aren't short on options. To try and clear the air, let's see where the experts have them landing in Buffalo.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 24 2016 05:00AM


Big week for the Leafs, should the Jets make a big trade, Flames hire new coach, is Marc-Andre Fleury a fit in Calgary, Datsyuk disaster in Detroit, 10 years since Oilers went to the cup final, Vegas expansion confirmed, official expansion draft rules, 2016 mock draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Benning: 'There is a clear number one' defenseman on Canucks draft board

Jeff Paterson
June 23 2016 06:07PM

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BUFFALO, NY – Despite efforts to move up in the first round of Friday’s National Hockey League draft, expect the Vancouver Canucks to head to the podium and use the fifth-overall pick they currently hold. 

In a wide ranging question and answer session with the media at the team’s hotel on Thursday, general manager Jim Benning discussed his draft plans and revealed that he had made inquiries about working his way up the ladder and has fielded several calls about trading out of the fifth spot, too.

“We’ve tried to move up, but it doesn’t make sense for us to move up,” he said. “I like being in the five hole. The cost of the trying to move up for us isn’t worth it.”

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