Now, another source claiming that it is a done deal.Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger
Jim Benning has agreed to a multi-year deal as Canucks gm and will be officially introduced in Vancouver on Friday.
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Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning will be named general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Scott Burnside.
TSN had earlier reported that Benning was expected to be hired by Vancouver.
Benning had previously interviewed for the midseason GM vacancy with the Buffalo Sabres and talked to the Canucks with the permission of Bruins president Cam Neely.
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Jim Benning, who has spent his last eight seasons with the Bruins, is expected to be named the new general manager of the Canucks, according to a source.
"That's what happens when you have success," Neely said Tuesday. "Teams look at other organizations that have success and start inquiring about your management group. It's something that a lot of good organizations have had to deal with over time and we are dealing with that right now."
A former NHL defenseman, the 51-year-old Benning had been with the Bruins for the past eight seasons, seven as assistant GM.
The Canucks fired GM Mike Gillis in April after a disappointing season in which they failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs.
One of Benning's first jobs will be to find a new coach. John Tortorella was fired after just one season with the club.
Benning joins a revamped Vancouver front office that includes newly appointed team president Trevor Linden.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who was in Boston on Tuesday for a year-end news conference, said he understands the outside interest in his team's management group.
"It speaks to what's now become sort of the Boston model," he said. "People do want to copy what you're doing because of the success we have seen."