For better or for worse, Benning has also had a bit of free reign as GM over the past year.
Trevor Linden, who transitioned from a fan-favourite star to a tough, often scrutinized gig as president of hockey operations in 2014, stepped down from his post last offseason, leaving Benning to assume all of his duties.
Now, the only man Benning is looking to keep happy is Canucks’ owner Francesco Aquilini, which many would argue, may be an even more daunting task.
“We tend to see when Aquilini thinks things are coming apart, or if the team’s not going the way he wants to, that’s when he kind of gets more involved.” says Arndt.
Aquilini also doesn’t seem to be in a rush to find Linden’s replacement.
Aquilini shut down rumours earlier this month that the team was pursuing former Los Angeles Kings president and general manager, Dean Lombardi.