Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning will be announced as the new general manager of the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Benning had long been considered a candidate and the Bruins confirmed they had given him permission to speak to other teams. He interviewed for the Sabres GM job during the season.
Benning is not the only potential loss for the Bruins; assistant GM Don Sweeney has interviewed for the vacant GM job with the Capitals.
Speaking generally, Peter Chiarelli said in a text message Wednesday, “You don’t like to lose good people, especially those you’ve been in the trenches with. But you also have to respect opportunity.”
That, of course, is the price of having a good organization, which the Bruins have had in the Chiarelli era. They have won one Stanley Cup, made another run to the Stanley Cup Final, and have made the playoffs seven straight seasons.
“That’s what happens when you have success,” Bruins president Cam Neely said Tuesday of the possibility of losing front office members. “Teams look at other organizations that have success and start inquiring about your management group.
“It’s something that a lot of good organizations have had to deal with over time, and we are dealing with that right now.”
Added owner Jeremy Jacobs, “I think that speaks to what’s now become sort of the Boston model. People do want to copy what you’re doing because of the success we have seen.”