Sportsnet columnist Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown) made his annual trade grades for every NHL team, and he gave an overall mark of B+ to Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning.
According to McIndoe, the best deal made by the Canucks this year was getting a really good prospect (Jonathan Dahlen) from the Ottawa Senators for Alex Burrows. It always hurts to trade a player loved by the fans and the city, but this was the good decision for the Canucks moving forward. Dahlen is still working on his game in Sweden, but he is showing great upsides so far.
McIndoe was not able to identify one bad deal made by Jim Benning, as he points out that «Benning didn't do much, but the moves he did make were solid».
There's a couple of deals that we can't classify as good or bad yet, as Derick Pouliot (acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins) is showing some encouraging signs, and we're not sure what kind of player Jordan Subban (traded to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Nick Dowd) will turn out to be.
Vancouver could go in a full rebuild mode heading towards the 2018 trade deadline, with all the injuries they are already dealing with this season. Benning decisions will all be crucial in his evaluation next year.
What do you think, Canucks fans? Are you happy with what Jim Benning has done this year?