"Frustrated" Canucks owner considering getting a new GM: report

Feb 12 2021, 5:35 pm

Whispers about Jim Benning’s job security are beginning to get louder.

According to a report from David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, with contribution from Irfaan Gaffar, Canucks ownership is considering making a general manager change.

Ownership is “beyond frustrated” with the Canucks’ woeful 6-11-0 start, Pagnotta reports, citing two separate sources. He also says “exploratory calls” are being made about a possible replacement.

This falls in line with what Elliotte Friedman said on Sportsnet 960 in Calgary this morning.

“There’s a possibility of a change coming soon,” Friedman said. “It certainly sounds like things are coming to a head here.”

With the next three games coming against the Calgary Flames, the potential exists for this to get a lot more embarrassing for the Canucks, in the wake of a six-game losing streak.

After Thursday’s loss, #ThankYouJim was trending on Twitter as frustrated Canucks fans used the hashtag in a sarcastic manner.

This is the Canucks’ longest losing streak since November of 2018, and they’ve lost every game on this skid by 2+ goals. Their play the last two games has been encouraging — let’s call them moral victories — but the bar has lowered, as the Canucks have been legitimately bad defensively on many nights this season.

Part of the reason for that is the mostly self-inflicted salary cap hell the Canucks found themselves in this past offseason, so many people on the outside are pointing the finger at Benning, who has been in charge of the team for nearly seven years.