The Odd Couple: Benning and Linden seem like they’ll need each other

New Canucks general manager Jim Benning faced the fans and media for the first time on Friday, and it was quickly apparent that his commendable accomplishments over a long career in hockey stand out far more than his public speaking skills. Though he was forthright and balanced, Benning doesn’t seem to have the sharpest tongue. He ducked multiple questions on Friday with…

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NATION PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE #5

It’s Friday again and I know how much you guys look forward to the weekly Nation Drafts update! As expected, I have absolutely nothing happening in my pool since the only player I have left is Drew Doughty. It’s a sad state of affairs. I can’t even blame Chris Kelly anymore since the Bruins are…

3 critical decisions facing new Canucks GM Jim Benning

#88803287 / gettyimages.com If you’ve watched a television report on the Jim Benning hire over the past week, be it TSN or CTV or Sportsnet, you’ve probably noticed that there isn’t much in the way of quality stock footage featuring the low-profile Boston Bruins assistant general manager. “I guess he’s kind of beside Neely here, and he…

The President’s Man: On Benning, cautionary tales, and the Boston model

#483554831 / gettyimages.com When he was hired as the president of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks in early April, Trevor Linden was viewed in some circles with trepidation, particularly because he lacked any type of executive experience in hockey. Linden had business experience, but being the top hockey executive of a team like the Vancouver Canucks…