Why we are never in the conversation for big name trades in the Benning era? in Canucks Talk Posted July 9 On 7/5/2021 at 9:42 AM, NUCKER67 said: Cupboard is pretty bare, because Benning's good prospects are all being brought into the team. Last year's Draft was a wash, no 1st or 2nd. Benning needed to acquire as many higher round picks as he could over the last 5+ years. He didn't do that. You hit the nail on the head. Benning is a scout by nature, that's his strength and always has been. Its obvious that his trades and signings haven't panned out as well as everyone has hoped. In other words, he tends to gain value for the team by doing great draft day only for him to subsequently lose value in trades and signings. This pattern causes us to stagnate as a team. Instead, why not make trades that allows Benning to play on the field that he's a master at and acquire picks? That way, he can eventually increase the teams value over time.