February 14, 2018 5:08 pm

Canucks GM Jim Benning signs new multi-year contract

WATCH: The Vancouver Canucks announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the team has re-signed Jim Benning to a multi-year contract. Squire Barnes has the details.

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The Vancouver Canucks rank only 28th in NHL standing, and are far from qualifying for a playoff spot, but the team is showing a big sign of faith in Jim Benning, signing him to a three-year contract extension.

Benning was in the last year of his contract, which he signed in 2014 after taking over GM duties from Mike Gillis.

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“I’m grateful to the Aquilini family and to Trevor Linden for the commitment they’ve made to me and for their confidence in our long-term vision for the Vancouver Canucks,” Benning said in a statement. “I’m excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build.”

Benning has come under fire by some fans, who point to a series of missteps, such as signing forward Loui Eriksson. Others have commended  him for developing promising young players like star rookie Brock Boeser.

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Benning said he expects his role with the team will not change.

Prior to joining the Canucks, Benning spent seven seasons as the Boston Bruins’ assistant GM, earning a Stanley Cup ring in 2011. He also served as the Buffalo Sabres’ director of amateur scouting for 12 years.

Benning played 12 NHL seasons as a defenceman with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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