Canucks to name new GM this week: report
Vancouver Canucks’ Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin (left-right) answer media questions during an end of season news conference, in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday April 14, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Jim Benning, come on down.
The Vancouver Canucks are expected to name Benning as their new general manager this week, according to a TSN report on Tuesday.
The Boston Bruins — who Benning has been a key assistant with since 2006 — were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens from the NHL playoffs last week — that certainly helped speed things up for Canucks president Trevor Linden.
Benning, who also reportedly had interviews with the Pittsburgh Penguins after they fired GM Ray Shero, is a former Canucks defenceman who spent nine seasons in the NHL. He has been with the Bruins organization for eight years — winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 — and was formerly also a scout with the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres.
The Canucks have been left without a general manager and head coach since the firing of Mike Gillis in early April and then John Tortorella in May.
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Barry Trotz is high on the Canucks' list of candidates for the next head coaching job. He was let go by the Nashville Predators last month after 15 seasons with the organization.
Another potential hire is Willie Desjardins, the current head coach of the Texas Stars — an affiliate of the Dallas Stars. But the Canucks will have to ask the NHL club for permission to speak with Desjardins, who was an associate coach with Dallas from 2010-2012.
Note: The Canucks announced Tuesday the signing of defenceman Anton Cederholm. The 19-year-old Swede had four goals and 12 assists with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks this past season, adding five points in the playoffs.
The 6-foot-2 blueliner was drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL draft.