Me_ Posted August 6, 2015 Share Posted August 6, 2015 People have been argueing for a while whether the Canucks are "rebuilding" or "retooling". Heated and justified arguments are made both for and against each style of team evolution. Behind the endless "passion" of fans and toxicity of local media, Benning and his team seem to go about their business in building a winning team for now and the future. Here is a compilation of Benning's activity since being hired as the General manager of the Vancouver Canucks: TRADES _______________________________ VAN Brandon Sutter 3rd round 2016 (Earliest of "NYI (BUF)" or VAN pick) PIT Nick Bonino Adam Clendening 2nd round 2016 (ANA) _______________________________ VAN Brandon Prust MTL Zack Kassian 5th round 2016 _______________________________ VAN 2nd round 2016 ANA Kevin Bieksa (NTC) _______________________________ VAN 3rd round (66) 2015 7th round 2016 CAR Eddie Lack _______________________________ VAN Sven Baertschi CAL 2nd round (53) 2015 _______________________________ VAN Dustin Jeffrey NYI Cory Conacher _______________________________ VAN Adam Clendening CHI Gustav Frosling _______________________________ VAN Andrey Pedan NYI Alexandre Mallet 3rd round 2016 _______________________________ VAN Will Acton EDM Kellan Lain _______________________________ VAN Linden Vey LAK 2nd round (50) 2014 (TBL) _______________________________ VAN Derek Dorsett NYR 3rd round (85) 2014 (ANA) _______________________________ VAN 2nd round (50) 2014 TBL Jason Garrison (NTC) Jeff Costello 7th round (204) 2015 _______________________________ VAN Nick Bonino Luca Sbisa 1st round (24) 2014 3rd round (85) 2014 ANA Ryan Kesler (NTC) 3rd round (84) 2015 _______________________________ UFA OUT Will Acton Peter Anderson Darren Archibald Cory Conacher Zack Dalpe Brandon DeFazio Joacin Eriksson Benn Ferriero Shawn Matthias Brandon McMillan Cal O'Reilly Brad Richardson Bobby Sanguinetti Mike Santorelli Jordan Schroeder Tom Sestito Ryan Stanton Jeremy Welsh Mike Zalewski _______________________________ UFA IN Richard Backman Matt Bartkowski Taylor Fedun Blair Jones Ryan Miller (ltd NTC) Radim Vrbata (NTC) Yannick Weber _______________________________ BUY OUT David Booth _______________________________ DRAFT PICKS 1 (6) 2014 - Jake Virtanen (RW) 1 (23) 2015 - Brock Boeser (RW) 1 (24) 2014 - Jared McCann ( C ) 2 (36) 2014 - Thatcher Demko (G) 3 (66) 2014 - Nikita Tryamkin (D) 3 (66) 2015 - Guillaume Brisebois (D) 4 (114) 2015 - Dmitry Zhukenov ( C ) 5 (126) 2014 - Gustav Frosling (traded) 5 (144) 2015 - Carl Neil (D) 5 (149) 2015 - Adam Gaudette ( C ) 6 (156) 2014 - Kyle Pettit ( C ) 6 (174) 2015 - Lukas Jasek (RW) 7 (186) 2014 - Mackenze Stewart (D) 7 (210) 2015 - Tate Olson (D) _______________________________ LAST GILLIS ROSTER 13 April, 2014 vs CAL D. SEDIN (NMC) - H. SEDIN (NMC) - BURROWS (NTC) BOOTH - KESLER (NTC) - JENSEN HANSEN - MATTHIAS - KASSIAN ZALEWSKI - RICHARDSON - DALPE Sestito Higgins (NTC) (IR) EDLER (NTC) - BIEKSA (NTC) GARRISON (NTC) - WEBER STANTON - CORRADO MARKSTROM LACK Hamhuis (NTC) (IR) _______________________________ BENNING'S CURRENT ROSTER 6 August, 2015 UFA TRADE ROOKIE D. SEDIN (NMC) - H. SEDIN (NMC) - BURROWS (NTC) BAERTSCHI (T) - SUTTER - VRBATA (NTC) HIGGINS (NTC) - HORVAT - HANSEN PRUST - VEY - DORSETT KENINS EDLER (NTC) - TANEV HAMHUIS (NTC) - WEBER SBISA - BARTKOWSKI CORRADO MILLER (ltd NTC) MARKSTROM For the people who thinks Benning isn't tanking the team fast enough, the good news is, Benning isn't tanking the team. For the people who think this is a rebuild, perhaps in parts, as much as it also is a retool. Benning is building a new core of players that will be competing for top spots and play for Cups year after year. For that to happen, the team has to make the playoffs. They will make the playoffs. They will be hungrier than the bunch Gillis assembled and then let rot away. They will be stronger willed. Baertschi, Horvat, Kenins, Corrado and Markstrom are the most likely to stick with the team this year; they could not have been playing for the Canucks if all the old NTCs were still handicapping the team. That's five spots that were not available to anyone coming up during Gillis' term as the General manager. That's five sports open for kids who will develop well and with loads of confidence thanks to a system where some short-contract vets will protect upcoming young players until they can comfortably take over. Sutter, Prust, Dorsett and Sbisa are excellent pieces acquired in the trades Benning made. There's a lot of sandpaper in those guys; something Gillis' teams didn't have or had too little of, especially in the playoffs. Gillis even tried to convince us that heavyweights are on their way out of the game. Granted nowadays heavyweights have to be able to skate and contribute in other ways, but when Calgary players are having fighting lessons at practice in order to annihilate fear and doubt in their collective souls, when Brown runs our goalies, and when Keith's elbow becomes part of a game, I feel better knowing that Desjardins can send a line that can include Dorset, Prust on offense and Sbisa and Bartkowski on defense. Sutter is a special case. He is the actual replacement for Kesler. With Horvat's development, either can take on the 2C or 3C spots. I suspect we'll see them alternate positions from time to time. Most of all, no more Kesler bullying kids out of the lineup and refusing to give his spot up at 2C. Only 9 players, or 42% of the players are left from Gillis' last show to Benning's current team with Hamhuis on his way out. Also of importance, the Gillis-Era front office has now been fully cleared. No more capology, advanced statistics above all, signing cheap contracts on longer term. I don't call this team's philosophy anything. I'm not labeling it. All component parts of the organization are becoming more fluid as the weeks go by. The team as a whole is evolving by employing all tools available whether it is hiring, firing, trades, drafts, trading drafts, trading for draft picks or prospects, trading stale players, promotion or any other tool available to an NHL organization. What Benning has been able to accomplish in a year is beyond what most GMs can put together in a whole term with a team. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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