lol. This isn't some "they turned down the 9th overall for Ryan Miller" pie-in-the-sky theory to make Benning look bad out of nothing. We know with reasonable certainty the following: - McPhee was willing to trade up for the 5th overall pick - His top target was Cody Glass (i.e. that's who they wanted, not Pettersson) - The Canucks value Pettersson over Glass - McPhee was allegedly willing to offer a second round pick. - The trade did not happen. We have the intent and the effect. The process that led to the result is essentially irrelevant. Maybe Benning was so ****ing shrewd that he had McPhee in tears at the price he was asking. Just carved him up and used his superior (off-camera) linguistic abilities to get McPhee to agree in principle to trading 6th + a 2nd + Vegas' 2018 and 2019 first round pick in exchange for 5th overall. Or maybe McPhee bugged Aquilini Towers and got the insight to call off the deal last second. Doesn't really matter...because the trade didn't happen. Whether he over-negotiated, showed his cards straight up or something in between...he didn't close the deal. Given what we reasonably know, he did a poor job executing. This video just lends more credence to the idea that the process was poor. But it's very much a minor detail. We should only care about the result. If Benning can straight up tell Bowman the player he wants this year and Bowman is willing to give up a 2nd round pick to take a different player at 7 instead of 8...fantastic. Nobody would prefer a Harvey Specter style takedown only to lead to a failed outcome over that.