The Vancouver Canucks will name current Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning the team's new GM later this week, according to a report from TSN reporter Darren Dreger.

Following his playing career that ended in 1990, Benning worked in the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres organizations before taking over as the assistant GM in Boston in 2006.

The Canucks' newly appointed president, Trevor Linden, is tasked with reshaping a Vancouver team that missed the playoffs this past season. He fired former GM Mike Gillis and head coach John Tortorella in the past two months.

The 51-year-old Benning played parts of four seasons with the Canucks from 1986-1990. He was originally drafted sixth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1981.