Canucks fire GM, coach after disappointing start to season

GM Jim Benning rebuilt the Canucks after taking the role in '14, but the team dropped to 8-15-2 this seasonGETTY IMAGES

The Canucks' "most disappointing start" to a season led to the "most sweeping night of change in franchise history" as the team yesterday fired both GM Jim Benning and coach Travis Green, according to Iain MacIntyre of The Canucks dropped to 8-15-2 with a 4-1 loss Saturday night against the Penguins, and that game "ended with renewed chants inside Rogers Arena of 'Fire Benning!'" Even worse was the "symbolism attached to one of these ticket-buying fans renouncing his support by discarding on the ice his Canucks jersey." There was "no coming back from that moment," and the prevailing sentiment among fans last night seemed to be "relief that this era was finally ending." Benning’s contract "runs through next season." His top assistant, John Weisbrod, "was fired with him." Bruce Boudreau signed a contract to "coach the Canucks this season and next" -- the same time frame that the team will be paying Green most of the $5.5M that Benning "awarded the outgoing coach on a two-year extension last spring." Longtime senior adviser Stan Smyl was named the interim GM. These are "hugely substantive changes after a regime that felt stale and too concentrated in power under Benning." Benning was "forced to deal directly" with Canucks Chair Francesco Aquilini and the ownership family after President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden was "pushed out" in '18. The Aquilinis "need to hire a new president to restore the important buffer between ownership and management" (, 12/6).

COULD SEE IT COMING: THE ATHLETIC's Thomas Drance notes the end of the Benning era had come weeks earlier, when the "embattled Canucks executive first began to try to make a coaching change -- something to 'wake up' the flawed, listless team he constructed eight seasons into his tenure" -- and his efforts were "met with internal resistance." Drance: "If you can’t replace the head coach of a team with your preferred option, you’re no longer truthfully the general manager." From there, the events that unfolded yesterday "were telegraphed." From that point on it "wasn’t really a matter of if, it was only a matter of when" (, 12/6).

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