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Benning expected to be named Canucks GM: report @NHL

The Vancouver Canucks are expected to name Jim Benning their general manager later this week, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger.

Benning, 51, serves as assistant GM of the Boston Bruins, a position he has held since 2006. He won the Stanley Cup with them in 2011.

Benning played the final 241 games of his NHL career over parts of four seasons with the Canucks from 1986-1990. He was the sixth pick in the 1981 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played parts of six seasons with them, scoring a career-best 12 goals and 51 points during the 1983-84 season.

After retiring, he worked as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres. He spent six years starting in 1998 as Buffalo's director of amateur scouting.

Benning would replace Mike Gillis, who was fired last month by Canucks president Trevor Linden. The Canucks are also searching for a coach after John Tortorella was fired following one season. Dreger reports former Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz is high on Vancouver's list.

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