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article imageNHL rumor du jour: Vancouver Canucks to name Jim Benning G.M.

By Marcus Hondro     May 20, 2014 in Sports
Vancouver - This rumor has been around for a month, but it's now a rumor closer to fruition. Jim Benning, currently an assistant GM with the Boston Bruins, may be named this week as the new GM for the Vancouver Canucks.
Among other media sites, TSN has joined the list of sites that make such a claim. TSN's hockey insider Darren Dreger has reported that the naming of Benning by team president Trevor Linden will come "later this week."
As a player, Benning, 51, played with the Vancouver Canucks, and for two of his seasons there he was teammates with Linden. Rumors he was coming have circulated almost since former-GM Mike Gillis was fired just before the regular season ended and Trevor Linden was hired at the new team president.
Boston was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens last week, a result expected to fuel the Benning to Vancouver speculation. A big question mark will be the extent to which Boston would allow Benning to participate in this year's amateur draft, given he's been privy to discussions and to decisions made vis-a-vis players the Bruins may select in the draft.
Once Benning is in place, should all of the rumors prove true, the next task for the Canucks will be to hire a new head coach. Here the rumor mill suggests former Nashville Predator coach Barry Trotz is a leading candidate, though given the new GM will have the final say in that hire, it's hard to know if the Trotz rumors have substance.
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