Canucks fans are trying to manifest the Leafs hiring Jim Benning

May 20 2023, 8:17 pm

Vancouver Canucks fans appear to be very invested in Toronto Maple Leafs’ ongoing search for a new general manager.

Since former GM Kyle Dubas was let go on Friday, talks of his replacement have already begun, and a few familiar names have been popping up. Among them is none other than former Vancouver GM Jim Benning.

While Benning, who held the position in Vancouver from 2014 to 2021, did draft star players like Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, his tenure is remembered mostly as a disappointment. One indicator of that is the Canucks qualifying for the playoffs only twice during the eight seasons while Benning was general manager.

Now that his name has entered the Toronto rumour mill, some Vancouver fans are doing everything they can to manifest a similar stretch of fate for their rivals on the East Coast.

And with Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan saying he’d be interested in signing an “experienced GM,” Canucks fans might just get their wish.

In the meantime, the Twitter trolling and meme sharing has already begun.

One Canucks fan pointed to Benning’s time as a Leafs player as a sign that he should get the job.

One even put together a fake Toronto Pearson Airport spotting.

According to Sports Interaction, the odds of Benning landing the job are listed at nine to one (9.00). Ahead of him are candidates like former Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving, Toronto’s assistant GM Brandon Pridham, and Carolina Hurricanes assistant GM Eric Tulsky.

As for Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, his future with the team is also up in the air. If he’s the next to go, Toronto can always offer the job to former Canucks coach Willie Desjardins…

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