I maintain that if you got a French speaking hockey President in, you could get by with a unilingual GM. It didn’t work in Vancouver for other reasons, but when Linden was President he spoke more than Benning. Linden is well spoken, and respected and borderline worshipped there. Benning is a terrible public speaker, and it served to insulate him from ridicule. Hiring the right President would not only open up options at GM, it would also be an upgrade at an important position. As much as I think MB is out of his depth, having a guiding hand in his first few seasons might have helped him tremendously.