Canucks, Flyers coaches: live updates as Travis Green, Alain Vigneault fired and Bruce Boudreau and Mike Yeo step in
Symbolically, the end of the Jim Benning era came when a disgruntled fan threw a retro alternative Canucks jersey on the ice at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.
It was an ugly scene for a once proud franchise, curtailed by eight years of persistent and systemic mismanagement.
The image of Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin picking up the jersey from the ice and throwing it over the window with his stick will ultimately be the lasting image of the Benning regime. It is now etched in Canucks history, ignominious and ultimately decisive in convincing the organization to change course significantly on December 5, 2021.
The truth, however, is not that clear.
In fact, the end of the Benning era had come weeks earlier, when the struggling Canucks executive began trying to change coaches – something to ‘wake up’ the flawed and listless team he had. built eight seasons into his tenure – and his efforts have met with internal resistance.
If you can’t replace a team’s head coach with your preferred option, you are no longer truly the GM.
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Drance: Canucks fire Jim Benning, Travis Green, luckily end of era