For a Vancouver Canucks fan base used to the slow, calculated -- critics would say dithering -- approach of former general manager Mike Gillis, this summer must have felt like a bungee jump into NHL team-building.
A little more than one month after taking over as general manager, Jim Benning hired coach Willie Desjardins and four days later began retooling an aging roster that missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six seasons. By mid-July, the Canucks had four new forward lines, at least one new defense pairing, and a new No. 1 goaltender.
Benning granted center Ryan Kesler's request with a trade to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2014 NHL Draft, avoiding the two-year soap opera that accompanied a similar move for goaltender Roberto Luongo. For Kesler, the Canucks acquired a potential second-line replacement center (Nick Bonino), a depth defenseman (Luca Sbisa), and a second first-round pick (used to select center Jared McCann).