Popular Post Gator Posted December 6, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted December 6, 2021 There seem to be a lot of Jim Benning critics among the Canuck fanbase, and even moreso outside it, but what if I told you he doesn't really deserve the negative feedback he gets? When JB took over this team we were a mess. 2 years removed from a finals run, we had an aging core, and Torts essentially ran 2 of our main 4 guys out of town in Luongo and Kessler. It was an obvious time for a rebuild, and that is what JB was brought in to do. 8 years later he has been fired, and we are currently basement dwellers in the standings. Obviously Jim Benning has failed miserably, right? Well lets take a look shall we. Benning has said he wanted a retool, because we know nobody wants to hear we are rebuilding and completely going tank mode. Especially a big canadian market like the Canucks. Plus we owed it to the Sedins to atleast make a push for them even though we lost Luongo, and Kessler was forcing a trade out of town. He could have easily just tore down the roster as it would have been best for the teams future, especially with a McDavid/Eichel draft looming, but decided to try and rebuild the prospect pool while trying to give the Sedins pieces to work with. You have to respect that, no? I mean its the Sedins. So what happened.. Jim Benning was basically forced to trade Kessler to the Ducks. It is believed that Kessler would only be willing to go there. For a guy demanding a trade out of town that really hurt the haul Benning could get for him. Most GMs would have had big bidding wars on their hands there, but JB suffered from the Mike Gillis NMCs. However Benning managed to get Sbisa, Bonino, 1st, and a 3rd. That was a hell of a hall for a GM as handcuffed as JB was. Essentially 2 players to help make a push now, along with a 1st, and a 3rd that was moved for Dorsett. Dorsett was a fan favorite and the type of player that you love to have come playoff time. He also went out and signed Loui Player Name who was coming off a 30g season and had good history playing with the Sedins on the international stage. It was a match made in heaven, and none of us could have predicted how poorly that experiment played out. (That 1 fatal JB error probably led to this as well) So a couple years later, obviously trying to give the Sedins a run or 2 not panning out, the Sedins retire, and the full youth movement begins. Now it is about injecting youth in the lineup, but you also need vets for these kids to learn from. People hate on JB for the Sutter, Beagle, Roussel, etc deals, but fail to realize that we knew we would be competitive, and needed to convince these vets to come into thay willing to teach these young kids. We wont get these guys on cheap deals like other teams that can offer them a cup run, we needed to pay up for that veteran leadership. Considering we were years away from really competing we could afford to give them 3-4 year deals. No1 could have predicted covid and the flat cap happening, but even with that we still managed to get Hughes locked up for 6 years, and it possibly prevented us from giving Petey an 8 year deal we may have regretted (whole other story). So imo it worked out. Now JB has really done a great job forming a core here that should have great success if kept together. (Horvat is a MG guy) Hughes Miller Petey Demko Boeser Podkolzin Rathbone Garland Hoglander I mean that core is going to be something special very soon. Probably would have been this year if not for JBs fatal mistake.... So what was JBs fatal mistake? Inexperienced coaching hires. Yes, that's right. His 1 real downfall was giving these AHL coaches a look rather hire a guy that has already proven himself. Now dont get me wrong, sometimes you find a diamond in the rough, but more times than not, it probably wont work out. JB hired WD the year he came in and eventually fired him and took on Travis Green. I have to wonder if a more established coach than WD could have made the Sedins + Player Name experiment work. However the team made a playoff run 2 years ago. That was the time to start thinking playoffs year after year. We made it to game 7 of round 2 vs Vegas, and it was all on the backs of our goaltending. We were horribly outplayed and outcoached in almost every game. Even against the Blues who we managed to beat. It would be at this time JB should have realized the team is ready, but needs a more established coach to get them going come playoff time. However it had a different effect on JB. He felt Green was the reason they got there and that playoff run gave JB too much faith in Green imo. After a terrible season last year, it should have been even more clear, but again JB stuck with Green, and brought in OEL and Garland, to try and get us over the hump. Except we see more terrible play, and it feels lile the team just isnt clicking right. We have a defensively minded coach that lacks experience trying to coach a young offensively gifted team. If JB went into that meeting a couple weeks ago and said "I think a coaching change is needed and Boudreau would be the perfect guy for the gig" I think he is still our GM. However I think JB kept this false hope for Green, vouched for him, and when things kept going south, they both got canned. I think JB is a great GM when it comes to roster building. However I think he needs to keep his emotions out of it when it comes to making a coaching change. I mean it was a very clear need imho since last season. Personally I am saddened to see JB go, amd I just pray the new GM doesn't drastically break up this core, because I truly feel our man JB built us a future cup winning core. Jist unfortunate he had his Green glasses on Go Canucks Go! apologies for likely spelling errors 2 3 5 9 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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