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Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden has reportedly hired Jim Benning as the team's general manager. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden has reportedly hired Jim Benning as the team's general manager. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

Jim Benning is returning to the Vancouver Canucks.

The former NHL defenceman will be named the club’s next general manager, according to multiple reports. An announcement is expected Friday.

Benning, who played nine seasons with the Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs, has been an assistant GM for the Boston Bruins since 2006.

Following his playing career, he served as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres. He was also named Buffalo’s director of amateur scouting.

The move comes after Canucks president Trevor Linden fired GM Mike Gillis last month and head coach John Tortorella in early May.

According to TSN, Barry Trotz is high on the Canucks’ list of head coach candidates. He was let go by the Nashville Predators in April after 15 seasons with the organization.

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