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Report: Canucks Have Extended GM Jim Benning

The Canucks have reportedly extended General Manager Jim Benning, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Benning was hired in the summer of 2014 by then-President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden, taking over the position from Mike Gillis, who managed the club from 2008 to 2014.

The embattled GM made a series of controversial moves this summer, inking Tyler Myers and Micheal Ferland to long-term contracts and trading a first-round pick for J.T. Miller.

He’s been a polarizing figure in Vancouver,  beloved by some for his perceived ability to revamp the Canucks’ floundering scouting department and develop a new core of players like Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Troy Stecher, and Quinn Hughes; but criticized for his mixed record in trades and free agency. The Canucks have a 175-186-49 record over Benning’s 5 years as general manager.

Fans had speculated the coming season could be Benning’s last with the club if they failed to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season, but it appears as though ownership is confident the team is moving in the right direction, at least for the time being.

Terms of the deal have yet to be announced.

  • How many gems has Jimbo found after the 1st round in draft? The extension tells us that the bonehead moves were most likely carried out at the owners behest.

      • No the answer in August of 2019 is not zero. The answer is at least a few. The question wasn’t how many of Benning’s picks after the 1st round are already having an impact at the NHL level. But you knew that and chose to answer a different question so you could add some negativity.

          • Teams are out here drafting Debrincat, Girard, Lebanc, Arvedsson, Point, Dvorak, Montour, Aho, Dunn, Dermott, Mete et. after the first round since Benning’s been in charge but he’s the one drafting ‘gems.’ Who among Benning’s picks even come close to these guys? Open your eyes.

          • Debrincat, Point and Aho are franchise changers… ALL available to the ‘draft guru’ in the 2nd. You can also you can add the beast Nic Hague to that list soon… Benning took bust winger Lind instead.

            Larkin, Tkachuk, Nylander, Pastrnak, Nylander, Sergachev and McAvoy were ALL first round franchise changers ALL available to the ‘draft guru’… he passed on all of them and we are stuck with the likes of busts Virtanen and Juolevi instead.

            I don’t know what’s sadder, windowlickers like Locust, Marmutt and Dunceman Factroy (Nick Jones) failing to accept the truth or the fact they are ALL on here ALL SUMMER LONG, every frickin’ DAY. Sad.

  • I’m okay with this. On 1st round draft picks, he is in the middle of the pack. JV and OJ, IMO were misses. BB and EP were winners. His worst deal was sign LE to that ridiculous long term $6M. I like the free agents signed this summer, $’s and term. This team now has some depth and should make the playoffs.

    • yes, he’s an average gm when it comes to drafting. the canucks hype machine and a lot of the sycophant media make him out to be a genius when it comes to drafting. a few years ago the media had cole lind and gadjovich as absolute steals in the draft. lind is not a flop, just an average high second round pick.

      • Another clueless muppet who doesn’t know the truth. Many of Boston’s key pieces were already in place and it was actually JEFF GORTON who drafted Lucic and Brad Marchand before dumb and dumber (Benning and Chia) arrived in Beantown…

  • I think people have to remember that Benning was previously an AGM with Boston who’s role was to stock the team with good draft picks. He was pretty good at his job and Boston had a number of good prospects but he had little if any experience negotiating contracts, making trades, etc. Ownership recognized that the Canucks were an old team and lacked prospects. Benning was hired to correct this situation and has done a good job. As far as the salary negotiations, trades, etc. part of the job it is an area that he is still learning and he has made mistakes, but, overall, the team is better than when he first arrived so the extension is justified.