The Boston Bruins today announced that assistant general manager Jim Benning has been re-signed to a multi-year contract.
Benning joined the Bruins in 2006 as the Director of Player Personnel and then was promoted to assistant general manager in July 2007. Benning's contract extension comes on the heels of general manager Peter Chiarelli re-signing head coach Claude Julien before training camp and then promoting Don Sweeney to the title of assistant general manager.
"Jim plays a critical role in our management group," said Chiarelli in a team-issued statement. "He takes a very aggressive and proactive approach in his recommendations and assessments underscoring his tremendous management ability and experience. His player evaluation is amongst the tops in the industry and his business acumen supplements our group greatly. We were very fortunate as an organization to hire him in 2006 and we are even more fortunate to secure him for the long term."
The Bruins have enjoyed their best run of success in a decade and Chiarelli is obviously taking steps to reward those who have aided his cause. Julien's assistant coaches are still awaiting potential extensions.
Sobotka sent down
Forward Vladimir Sobotka was assigned to the Bruins' Providence (AHL) farm club. That leaves the Bruins with 12 forwards to dress for Thursday night's season-opener with Washington at TD Garden. This indicates the center David Krejci will be able to play after missing all of the preseason while rehabbing his surgically repaired hip. ... Here are some season-opener notes, as per the NHL stats department. The Bruins' all-time record in season-openers is 35-33-16. When opening at home, the Bruins are 28-13-11. And Julien's record in season-openers is 3-2-0.
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