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Jim Benning set to be named next general manager of Canucks (Report)

Sean Leahy
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Maybe it was the fact that the Pittsburgh Penguins became the latest team to have a vacancy at general manager or maybe it was just time, but the Vancouver Canucks have reportedly got their man.  

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Canucks are expected to announce the hiring of Jim Benning as their next GM. Benning has been the assistant GM with the Boston Bruins since 2006 after spending over a decade as a scout.

Benning was reportedly the front runner ever since the Canucks hired Trevor Linden as team president and fired GM Mike Gillis in April. He had interviewed for the open GM position in Buffalo, but lost out to Tim Murray.

There's been no word yet if the Bruins will allow Benning to leave before June’s entry draft in Philadelphia. The Vancouver Sun reported that Canucks management is working as if he won’t join them until July.

Benning will take over a roster that missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and currently holds 10 no-move/no-trade clauses. The John Tortorella and Roberto Luongo soap operas are gone, but there's plenty of work to be done. 

With Benning off the market, how will this affect the openings in Pittsburgh and Washington? The Penguins are still early in their process and it's been almost a month since the Capitals fired George McPhee. Dreger added that Barry Trotz is a favorite to join Benning in Vancouver. Do the Caps make a move on a Shero/Trotz tandem now?

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