when benning took over it was a retool, and as far as we know this was owners orders. This was a time of using second rounders to fill holes, benning took a lot of heat for this. However he was building the current core with the Boeser Demko and Petterson picks
after the sedins retired there needed to be some NHL guys who could help insulate the new core for development reasons, beagle and rooster. And they did what they needed to but unfortunately both got injured and werent as effective anymore
So since the sedins retired it was small steps
31-40-0-11 sedins last year
35-36-0-11 pettersons first year
36-27-0-6 bubble hockey
23-29-0-4 regressed, however down first and fourth line centers for half of season, team decimated by covid, extremely tough schedule in first two weeks with no practice days
like i said, last year was an anomaly and there are legit reasons that can attribute to the lack of success beyond bennings control.
the way i see it the team has been improving every year but it will still be 2 years from now when they become a true contender
It is unrealistic to expect benning to be able to address every need in one off-season, and after this off-season, if the canucks make the playoffs he will be in discussion for GM of the year, especially for the contracts he handed out to all the RFAs
As for purging the bad contracts
Player Name came from the retool time with the sedins so you cant include that in your argument
Beagle and Rooster both suffered career ending type injuries. Is Beagle even playing this year? Before their injuries they actually had positive impacts with their play. There has been lots of discussion about how having beagle in the lineup is better than not
As for rooster he had 31 points in 65 games and 13 points in 41 games while managing to be a positive player in the time he played before his knee injury. He was a very effective player that got injured
Virtanen was being accused for rape, so...
Holtby, Ill give you that, bad signing