Dazzle Posted May 5, 2015 Share Posted May 5, 2015 Agreed. I generally ignore posters that go off on personal attacks rather than discuss Canucks related issues. I thought Bennings first year was kind of mixed. I don't think there was enough change over to attribute this seasons success over last year purely to Benning. The majority of the team still is Gillis' creation. In another year or so and the team will firmly become Bennings'. It's fine to question his work this season - it's another entirely to question the competency of a GM, which was your post was about. You deserved to get called out for that, even though you did say that you'd hold out your opinion on that. You seem to think that he was the GM on those teams (Buffalo, Boston etc). He was the AGM, so the GM may or may not have the pressure of selecting someone else that he has seen. You focus on the bad but never on the good. Benning has been scouting WHL games all game long. He knows the young players and this has been covered extensively, to make sure that he knows which players that he's getting back. He traded Mallet (a terrible, terrible over-aged Gillis pick in the 2nd round) to NYI for a big giant defenseman who is making a difference on the Utica team. Did I mention that Mallet played in the ECHL? No I haven't. That was a good trade. The Baertschi pick was excellent, as well as the Conacher one. Both have made BIG statements in their games in Utica. If you don't follow Utica games, you wouldn't know how good they are. He's made sure that the farm team is being taken care of, even if the main team may or may not make it all the way. There was no trade that he could've done that would've helped this team in overachieving. Traded Kesler away, which was a difficult but necessary trade - Bonino (2M contract) and Sbisa (a physical defenseman). In addition, Kassian has been given chances to succeed and he has. That's been a Benning approach into how he was handled. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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