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Jim Benning named new general manager of Canucks

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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While most teams are preparing their plans for the draft or are actually still playing in the playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks have been concerned about a more pressing issue: who will be their next general manager. They have their man.

New Canucks president Trevor Linden tapped into his old network of hockey friends to hire Jim Benning, now former assistant GM in Boston.

"There were moments of clarity for me in speaking with Jim that we just really connected on a hockey level," Linden said. "Our beliefs on how success is built in the National Hockey League were very aligned."

Benning has been viewed as a prime GM candidate with his time under Peter Chiarelli and finally this is the right opportunity for him to make the jump.

One of the very first things he will have to deal with in what is sure to not be an easy job to step right into is hiring a new head coach. John Tortorella was fired after just one season so the Canucks are in the market again and according to Darren Dreger earlier this week, one name would appear to be atop the list.

This hire going through is hardly be a big surprise. Not only is he a coveted candidate for just about any team but he has ties to the Canucks and Linden; Benning played for the Canucks from 1986 until 1990.

Before taking over as Boston's Assistant General Manager in 2007, helping them begin their rise to an Eastern Conference powerhouse, Benning was the director of amateur scouting in Buffalo, the good years.

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