Reaction to the Canucks hiring Jim Benning as their new general manager, plus the latest on Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba and the Oilers’ coaching situation.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre reports new Canucks GM Jim Benning has a solid record for scouting and developing talent. Benning is expected to be introduced soon as the club’s new GM.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma speculates over who Benning will hired as the Canucks’ new head coach. Ed Willes hopes Benning brings stability to the Canucks. Tony Gallagher fears Benning will follow the Bruins’ model, which will take too long.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Benning has a proven record for finding and developing young talent, which his predecessor did not. He has considerable front office experience and helped build the Bruins into a Cup champion and perennial contender. I believe he’s a great choice as their new GM. Canucks fans should be patient, as it will take time to rebuild their club into a Cup contender again, but Benning is the right person for the job.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was forced out of the World Championships due to a nagging neck strain.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples wonders what Oilers coach Dallas Eakins will do to fix how his club trains its players.