Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks are expected to name Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning as their new general manager, according to sources.
Benning had previously interviewed for the midseason GM vacancy with the Buffalo Sabres and talked to the Canucks with the permission of Bruins president Cam Neely.
“That’s what happens when you have success,” Neely said Tuesday. “Teams look at other organizations that have 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 are dealing with that right now.”
A former NHL defenseman, the 51-year-old Benning had been with the Bruins for the past eight seasons, seven as assistant GM.
Benning will replace GM Mike Gillis, who was fired in April after a disappointing season in which they failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs.
One of Benning’s first jobs will be to find a new coach. John Tortorella was fired after just one season with the club.
Benning joins a revamped Vancouver front office that includes newly appointed team president Trevor Linden.