by PuckStopsHere on 05/29/14 at 12:15 AM ET
Last week the Vancouver Canucks announced their hiring of Jim Benning as their new GM. He replaces Mike Gillis who was showing that he wasn't up to the task of running the Canucks when the going got tough.
Jim Benning has worked his way up through the ranks of several teams to reach that position. His NHL career was spent with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. After he retired he served as an amateur scout for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1993/94. The following season he joined the Buffalo Sabres scouting staff and by 1998 was named their director of amateur scouting. He held that position until the 2004 lockout. In 2006, he was hired by the Boston Bruins to be their assistant general manager. In 2011 he won the Stanley Cup in that position. While it is always hard for outsiders (and even insiders) to know exactly how much credit to give to individual members of the front office of a club, Jim Benning was an important part of the front office of a team that was built into the league's best.
Jim Benning has a good resume. He looks like he could be a solid GM. He is a good general manager prospect. He has a chance to work out as an NHL GM. Time will tell if he lives up to his potential and becomes as good as he might be. In the meantime, the Vancouver Canucks fan expectations have been reset.
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