NHL considers tampering penalty for Canucks GM

BUFFALO — NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the decision on whether the Vancouver Canucks will be penalized for general manager Jim Benning’s alleged tampering will be made in “a couple of days.”

“What I’ll say is I have a discussion both with Jim and (Vancouver president) Trevor Linden,” Daly said. “They understand where we are in this situation and have talked about announcing something early next week with respect to what we intend to do.”

On Thursday, Benning was a guest on TSN 1040 radio and said he had talked to the Montreal Canadiens about acquiring defenseman P.K. Subban. “We haven’t gone down the path to make believe there would be something that’s real or not,” Benning said. “It’s a high price.”

Then Benning said he would be getting involved in the Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes if Stamkos goes to the open market as a free agent on July 1.

In both instances, Benning appears to violate the NHL’s rules about discussing players who are under contract with other teams.


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