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History Of Canucks GM Jim Benning's Trades, Signings, Draft Picks & More

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The Canucks named Jim Benning as their new General Manager on May 21, 2014. Benning was previously assistant general manager of the Boston Bruins (8 years), a director of amateur scouting (6 years) and a scout (4 years) for the Buffalo Sabres and also a scout for the Anaheim Ducks (1 year). Benning played 617 regular season and playoff games in the NHL as a defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks (1981-1990).

I compiled a list of trades, signings, drafting (scouting) results by Benning prior to his time with the Canucks here.

And now, here is a list of Benning's moves as Canucks' GM in chronological order, organized into trades, free agent signings, waiver claims/dumps, drafting and personnel changes.


June 27, 2014: Traded Jason Garrison and Jeff Costello to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a second round pick in the 2014 Draft

June 27, 2014: Traded the 2014 3rd round pick to the New York Rangers for Derek Dorsett.

June 27, 2014: Traded Ryan Kesler and a 2015 3rd round pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Luca Sbisa, Nick Bonino and 1st and 3rd round picks in the 2014 Draft.

June 28, 2014: Traded a 2nd round pick in 2014 to the Los Angeles Kings for Linden Vey.

November 20, 2014: Traded Kellan Lain to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Will Acton.

November 25, 2014: Traded Alexandre Mallet and a 3rd round pick in 2016 to the New York Islanders in exchange for Andrey Pedan.

January 29, 2015: Traded Gustav Forsling to the Chicago Blackhawks for Adam Clendening.

March 2, 2015: Traded a 2nd round pick in 2015 to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Sven Baertschi.

March 2, 2015: Traded Dustin Jeffrey to the New York Islanders in exchange for Cory Conacher.

June 27, 2015: Traded Eddie Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 3rd and 7th round pick in the 2015 Entry Draft.

June 27, 2015: Traded Patrick McNally to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2015.

June 30, 2015: Traded Kevin Bieksa to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2nd round pick in 2016.

July 1, 2015: Traded Zack Kassian and a 5th round pick in 2016 to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Brandon Prust.

July 28, 2015: Traded Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2nd round pick in 2016 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Brandon Sutter and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2016.

January 8, 2016: Traded Nicklas Jensen and a 7th round pick in 2017 to the New York Rangers for Emerson Etem.

February 22, 2016: Trades Hunter Shinkaruk to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Markus Granlund.

February 24, 2016: Canucks trade 5th pick in 2017 Draft to the Edmonton Oilers for D Philip Larsen.


July 1, 2014: Signed Ryan Miller to a 3-year $18 million contract.

July 2, 2014: Signed Radim Vrbata to a 2-year, $10 million deal.

February 12, 2015: Claimed Brandon McMillan off waivers from Arizona Coyotes.

February 23, 2015: Released Tom Sestito.

July 1, 2015: Signed Matt Bartkowski to a 1-year, $1,750,000 contract.

August 26, 2015: Signed Adam Cracknell to a 1-year, $575,000 contract. Cracknell had signed on a tryout basis.

October 5, 2015: Waived Linden Vey, Frank Corrado and Alex Biega. The Maple Leafs signed Corrado.

January 12, 2016: Placed Chris Higgins on waivers.

January 19, 2016: Signed free agent Michael Zalewski to a 1-year, $575,000 contract.

February 2, 2016: Waived Brandon Prust

February 5, 2016: Waived Yannick Weber



Round 1, 6th overall pick: Jake Virtanen

Round 1, 24th overall (from Anaheim): Jared McCann

Round 2: Thatcher Demko

Round 3: Nikita Tryamkin

Round 5: Gustav Forsling

Round 6: Kyle Pettit

Round 7: Mackenze Stewart


Round 1 (23rd overall): Brock Boeser

Round 3: Guillaume Brisebois

Round 4: Dimitry Zhukenov

Round 5: Carl Neill

Round 5 (from Rangers): Adam Gaudette

Round 6: Lukas Jasek

Round 7: Tate Olson


June 24, 2014: Named Willie Desjardins head coach.

July 7, 2014: Named Doug Lidster assistant coach.

August 11, 2014: Named Perry Pearn assistant coach.

July 3, 2015: Fired Assistant General Managers Lorne Henning and Laurence Gilman.

August 4, 2015: Named John Weisbrod as assistant GM, Chris Gear vice president and general counsel of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, Judd Brackett director of amateur scouting, Ryan Johnson assistant director of player development and Mike Addesa amateur scout (via ESPN).


I am almost positive I have missed something or made a typo or some other kind of error putting this together. If you see something that looks awry, let me know in the comments section.