The Jim Benning era continues. The Vancouver Canucks have extended their General Manager, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Benning, 56, has been the Canucks’ GM since May 2014, and was set to enter the 2019-2020 season on an expiring contract — a rarity in NHL circles, where GMs prize job security above almost anything else and bemoan their “lame duck” status the moment a contract enters its last year.
Instead, Benning will arrive at training camp with another two years, reportedly, to complete the quick turnaround he suggested was possible when he was first hired by the franchise.
“I like this team. I like the core players. This is a team we can turn around in a hurry,” Benning said in May of 2014.
Five years on, that proclamation has proven optimistic, as most of the core players Benning inherited have moved on or been moved out. In their stead, however, Benning has restocked the prospect pool and put together the makings of a new core, adding instant stars like Elias Petterson, Brock Boeser, and Quinn Hughes — just add frozen water.