Canucks owner tweets support for Benning, Green after slow start

Iain MacIntyre and Dan Murphy look at the Canucks' losing streak, which has extra salt rubbed in the wounds as former Vancouver players are the ones doing the damage.

Vancouver Canucks chairman Francesco Aquilini says the team won't be making any leadership changes as the team looks to turn things around after a slow start to the season.

In a series of tweets posted hours before the Canucks host the Calgary Flames on Saturday, Aquilini outlined how the club will be "sticking to the path we're on."

"I have full confidence in (GM Jim Benning), (head coach Travis Green) and this group," Aquilini wrote. "I have no plans to make changes."

The Canucks entered this pandemic-shortened season with heightened expectations after upsetting the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs last summer. But so far, the momentum hasn't continued.

The team enters play Saturday sixth in the seven-team North Division -- despite having played more games than their six opponents -- and they have yet to win a game in February, with a six-game losing streak that is currently the longest in the NHL.

"Of course I’m disappointed by our poor start, but the last thing we’re going to do is panic," Aquilini wrote. "We’ve been better in recent games and I believe we’ll continue to improve."

Benning was given a three-year contract extension in 2019 while Green is in the final year of his contract.

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