UPDATE FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS - 7:25 P.M.
The Vancouver Canucks have officially named Jim Benning as their new general manager.
Benning is the first significant hire made by new Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden, who was handed the franchise's reigns after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in six years following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.
“Jim brings a wealth of hockey experience as a builder and talent evaluator that will benefit this team for years to come,” said Trevor Linden, President, Hockey Operations, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “We are aligned on how we want to build this team and Jim’s level of commitment to building a championship team is exciting. I look forward to re-introducing him to Vancouver on Friday.”
Benning spent the last eight seasons with the Boston Bruins, including seven as the club's assistant general manager.
A former Canucks defenceman during his playing days, the 51-year-old Benning is the 11th general manager in franchise history — a post he has never held with an NHL club.
ORIGINAL STORY FROM CTV - Former Vancouver Canucks player Jim Benning has agreed to a multi-year deal to become the NHL team’s new general manager, according to TSN.
The team is expected to make the official announcement on Friday.
Benning, a former Canucks defenceman who spent nine seasons in the NHL with Vancouver and the Toronto Maple Leafs, has been an assistant with the Boston Bruins since 2006.
As an NHL player, Benning spent part of his career in Vancouver. From 1986 to 1990, Benning played in 246 regular season games, recording 15 goals and 55 assists.
He was also a teammate of current Canucks president Trevor Linden for two seasons after Linden was drafted by the Canucks in 1988.
After his hockey career ended, Benning went on to be a scout for the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks.
Canucks team president Trevor Linden parted ways with former general manager Mike Gillis last month after a disappointing season. Head Coach John Tortorella was also fired.