The Vancouver Canucks are a mess. They currently have a historically bad power play and just came off a three-game road trip that saw them give up 19 goals. Change needs to occur, and it could come in the form of Jim Benning being fired as general manager (GM). Here are five potential replacements if the Canucks’ GM position becomes available.
Chris MacFarland is currently the assistant GM of the Colorado Avalanche and has been since 2015-16. He is Joe Sakic’s right-hand man and has helped build Colorado into a powerhouse organization. He has interviewed for jobs before, and it is only a matter of time before he lands an NHL GM position.
In MacFarland, the Canucks would be getting a GM who understands the draft and develop method and the importance of not trading away draft picks. He has experience having worked 20 seasons in NHL front offices and understands how to manage teams up against the cap. If the Canucks want a steady hand to guide the ship, they should be contacting the Avalanche ASAP.
The Canucks may have their man already in the organization with Ryan Johnson. The former NHLer has managed Vancouver’s farm team since 2017-18 and already understands how the organization is run. If the Canucks want to get rid of Benning mid-season and are looking for a quick replacement, he may be their best bet.