Canucks: General manager Benning believes in his players

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Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning didn’t directly endorse head coach Travis Green, though.

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Patrick Johnston

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG Article content

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning met with the media Thursday and said he continued to believe in his players, despite their struggles to date.

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But he avoided directly endorsing the position of his head coach, even while commending how hard Travis Green and his staff were working.

Benning, who is in his eighth season in charge of the Canucks, acknowledged there’s just no hiding from the team’s record. In no way did he expect his club would have just five wins in the first 17 games of the season. He said his team would be a playoff team.

And even with the climb before them being a very difficult one — they’ll need at least 40 wins out of the remaining 65 games — he said he still valued his group.

“I believe in this group, I believe that we still have enough veteran leaders around to show (the younger players) the way and take some pressure off of them,” Benning said.

Asked whether he felt his job was safe, he said it was up to ownership. Asked whether Green’s was,…

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