Canucks reward Benning with opportunity to see his rebuild through

VANCOUVER – It wasn’t the frantic fan base accustomed until recently to division titles, nor the intense daily inquisition by the media that gave Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning pause as he worked this season without a contract extension. It was his daughter, Isabella.

“My daughter’s in Grade 8 at Little Flower Academy and she absolutely loves her school,” Benning said Wednesday. “She was like, ‘Dad, you better not wreck this for me.’ So besides the pressure from fans and media, there was pressure internally, too. I’m happy for my family.”

The Bennings are at peace after Canucks president of hockey-operations Trevor Linden announced a three-year contract extension for the general manager, who is undertaking the most significant and painful rebuild in franchise history.

Peace in the fan base? Not so much.

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