After eight years, the Vancouver Canucks have moved on from general manager Jim Benning.
They also let go of AGM John Weisbrod, head coach Travis Green, and assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner.
In turn, the Canucks are bringing on Bruce Boudreau as head coach, and are taking a collaborative approach with their GM position while they search for a new candidate.
Tonight, Chairman and Governer Francesco Aquilini made the announcement official.
In a statement, Aquilini said:
“First, I want to sincerely thank Jim, John, Travis and Nolan for their passion and dedication to the organization and our community,” said Aquilini. “We are grateful for everything they have done for the Canucks during their tenure, and we wish them nothing but success in the future.
“These are difficult decisions, but we believed we would have a competitive group this year. As a result, I’m extremely disappointed in how the team has performed so far. I’m making these changes because we want to build a team that competes for championships and it’s time for new leadership to help take us there.
“Our search for new leadership is underway. In the interim, Stan Smyl will lead our Hockey Operations team with the strong support of Ryan Johnson, Chris Gear, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Doug Jarvis and others on the team to ensure day-to-day continuity. Stan has been a very loyal and committed member of our Hockey Operations Senior Management structure for many years and is someone whose experience and leadership we value greatly.
“I am excited to add Bruce Boudreau as our new Head Coach, and Scott as Assistant. Bruce is one of the most experienced coaches in the NHL, with nearly 1,000 games behind the bench and a successful track record working with some of the game’s best talent. Scott is a young coach with an excellent reputation who will fit in very well with our group.”
The Canucks will have a morning skate at 10:30 AM tomorrow, with media availability from Aquilini and Stan Smyl taking place at 3:30 PM. Bruce Boudreau will speak at 4:15 PM.
CanucksArmy will have wall to wall coverage of both availabilities, and of course, our regularly scheduled scenes from morning skate.