Apr 13, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; The Vancouver Canucks raise their sticks to appreciate the fans after the third period against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks to hire new GM 'later this week'

The Vancouver Canucks expect to hire a new general manager soon, and they could already have their man.  According to TSN insider Darren Dreger, Boston Bruins Assistant GM Jim Benning will be filling the position in Vancouver ‘later this week’.

The Canucks are coming off a disappointing season in which they failed to make the Western Conference playoffs.

Now, they’ll look to Benning to bring his experience as a scout and as a member of a Stanley Cup winning front office to a franchise that’s going to require an overhaul if they want to return to their winning ways of just a few seasons ago.

After former GM Mike Gillis jettisoned goaltenders Corey Schneider and Roberto Luongo within a year of each other, it became clear that this Canucks squad would not be matching its form from a few years ago when the team won the President’s Trophy for best regular season record and ended up just one win away from the Stanley Cup.

They lost to Benning’s Bruins then and the Canucks have never been the same since.

Now, they hope to capture some of the magic that Benning helped the Bruins snatch in their impressive run through the last four years.

Jim Benning was the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Buffalo Sabres from 1998-2004. He has been with the Boston Bruins since 2006, serving as an assistant to GM Peter Chiarelli. He was also a top candidate in Buffalo’s search for a GM this past year. Benning played nine seasons in the NHL as a defenseman for Vancouver and Toronto.

According to the piece, Benning’s first line of business will be to hire a new head coach to replaced the dismissed John Tortorella.

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