Canucks’ General Manager – Jim Benning's Comments
June 5, 2019
Benning on 650 - We are talking with Schenn's agent, we would like to bring him back.
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March 30, 2019
Schenn to re-sign?
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada that the Canucks and defenceman Luke Schenn are talking about a contract for the 2019-20 season. He’s provided solid work on the third pairing.
March 31, 2019
Has Luke Schenn played his way onto next season’s Vancouver Canucks’ roster?
There’s no arguing that Schenn has made a massive impact, on both his teammates and the fanbase in Vancouver.
So it didn’t come as a shock when The Province’s Ben Kuzma reported that Canucks general manager Jim Benning intends to bring back Schenn (who is on an expiring contract) next year.
And, you know, for fans that get to watch Schenn take no prisoners for another year. It’s pretty fun.
April 1, 2019
Canucks will explore contract extension for 'pleasant surprise' Luke Schenn
Veteran defenceman has been physical, intimidating and protective of younger players
The rejuvenated Luke Schenn is a good story.
The unrestricted free-agent defenceman is also a good bet to sign a short and reasonable contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks because he has added an intriguing element.
“That’s a fair comment and for sure it (extension) is something we’re going to look into,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Sunday. “We’ve been real happy with him and he’s done everything we’ve asked.
“He has been physical and excellent with our young players. We’re going to talk about this (extension) at the end of the year. He’s been a pleasant surprise for us.”
April 1, 2019
Vancouver Canucks: Luke Schenn deserves a new contract
Luke Schenn has shined in a shutdown defenceman/enforcer role for the Vancouver Canucks, and he deserves to be rewarded for his efforts.
Schenn has thrown his weight around and has been the intimidating force on defence that the Canucks have lacked for a few years now. In 15 games with the Canucks, Schenn has 71 hits and 23 blocked shots.
And of course, nobody will forget Schenn coming into the defence of blueliner Quinn Hughes in the latter’s made his debut against the Los Angeles Kings last Thursday.
“That was awesome. It was my dream to play in the NHL, so this is surreal. I gotta give credit to Schenn, he was a huge help for me. Having #Canucks fans support me like that was special. I’m really happy to be here.” – Hughes
You take all of this into account, and it leaves Benning with an easy choice to re-sign Schenn on a cheap one or two-year deal. In fact, Benning said the team would “look into” an extension for Schenn, per Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
Schenn has performed well above expectations in Vancouver. He’s the physical force they need on the blue line, and Schenn is doing everything he can to ensure that Hughes’ transition to the NHL is a smooth one.
Re-signing Edler and Schenn — while Hughes continues to develop his game — could make this Vancouver blue line much more formidable next season. With that, giving Schenn a new contract should be at the top of the Canucks’ offseason to-do list.
April 4, 2019
Canucks Ready to Re-Sign Luke Schenn
Given how defensemen sometimes mature slowly, it’s not without precedent that Schenn might have found his game at 29 years of age. Canucks general manager Benning called Schenn a “pleasant surprise” and noted that the Canucks would be interested in signing the pending unrestricted free agent this off-season.
Benning noted that “We’ve been real happy with him and he’s done everything we’ve asked.” Schenn has recently been paired with Canucks’ rookie prospect, defenseman Quinn Hughes, who has credited the veteran Schenn for helping him learn to play in the NHL, especially with on-ice positioning. Benning acknowledged as much, calling Schenn an excellent leader to younger guys on the team.
April 8, 2019
Luke Schenn finds a home with Vancouver Canucks
This season, the 29-year-old found a new home with the Vancouver Canucks — and a chance to prove his worth as an NHL defenceman.
"I'm very grateful and thankful for the opportunity. I didn't know if it was going to come," Schenn said last week. "I was working towards it all year, went down to the minors hoping to improve on some things. ... It's been so far a good fit and I'm just trying to play hard and compete until the end. We'll see what happens."
He was exactly what the team needed, Vancouver's general manager Jim Benning said Monday.
"He's a good person, he's got a lot of experience playing in the league and he filled a need for us," Benning said. "He's a physical, stay at home defenceman but he moved the puck fast. I thought he played well for us."
After spending a decade in the NHL, Schenn knows the Canucks have tough decisions to make this off-season, but he hopes there's a way he fits into the plans going forward.
"I've loved every minute of it here, I haven't taken anything for granted," he said. "It's real special being here. It's been a real great experience so far."
May 6, 2019
Schenn a hit in Vancouver
Fans began to take notice of Schenn’s play. His physicality and his willingness to stick up for his teammates — especially his willingness to spill blood if an opposing player even breathed on Pettersson — made fans quickly realize that Schenn was everything we had hoped Gudbranson could be, for a fraction of the cost.
The hashtag #DrunkOnSchenn was already quickly becoming a regularity on Canucks Twitter, but the game where everyone took notice of Schenn’s play was on March 24th against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In that game, Schenn rewrote the Canucks history books by recording 12 hits — the most by any Canuck in a single game.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, took notice of Schenn, especially after that game. With more and more reporters beginning to want to get a word in with him on where this stellar play was coming from, Schenn said:
“I’m very grateful and thankful for the opportunity. I didn’t know if it was going to come. I was working towards it all year, went down to the minors hoping to improve on some things. … It’s been so far a good fit and I’m just trying to play hard and compete until the end. We’ll see what happens.”
That quote perfectly reflects the way that Schenn played for the Canucks this season. According to general manager Jim Benning, Schenn was exactly what his team needed last year.
“He’s a good person, he’s got a lot of experience playing in the league and he filled a need for us,” Benning said. “He’s a physical, stay at home defenceman but he moved the puck fast. I thought he played well for us.”
As a result, the Canucks weren’t shy about voicing their interest in bringing Schenn back next year, and why wouldn’t they? He is exactly the kind of person you want on your team, ready to stick up for your young players.
It was a healthy combination of solid defence, finishing every check, sticking up for his teammates, and not once appearing to take a shift for granted that turned Schenn from a minor trade pickup into a fan favourite amongst Canucks fans — in just 18 games.