Jim Benning frontrunner for Canucks GM job: report
Canucks president Trevor Linden is interviewing candidates for the general manager's job this week. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)
The Vancouver Canucks may have found their man for the job of general manager.
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning is considered the frontrunner for the Vancouver gig and Canucks president Trevor Linden is "simply waiting until the conclusion of round 2 to make (the hiring) official."
Benning reportedly met with the Canucks on Wednesday as Linden said interviews for the GM role — which was left vacant after the team fired Mike Gillis about a month ago — would begin this week. The team is also in need of a head coach following the firing of John Tortorella last week.
Benning is a former Canucks defenceman, who spent four seasons with the team from 1986 to 1990 — the last two overlapping the first two seasons of Linden's NHL career with the Canucks.
The 50-year-old Edmonton native has been an assistant GM with the Bruins since 2006, and is a key part of the Boston front office that has led to the team's success in recent years, including a Stanley Cup win over Vancouver in 2011. He was also formerly a scout with the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres.
Benning's name has been in the mix since the axing of Gillis, but the Bruins are currently facing the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Meanwhile, former Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz told Team 1040 on Thursday he's interested in the Canucks bench job, but has not been contacted by the team. He spent the past 15 years with the Preds before the team chose to not renew his contract at the end of this season.
"I'm interested in every job that is out there right now," Trotz said. "At this point, I'm in no hurry to do anything, and I've been in contact with a few teams. Some teams have said, 'Give us some time and you're on our shortlist.' That's where I am."