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The NHL has fined the Vancouver Canucks $50,000 for general manager Jim Benning’s comments regarding organizational interest in other teams’ players, the league announced Tuesday.

Benning said last week on a TSN radio appearance in Vancouver that he had talked to the Montreal Canadiens about trading for P.K. Subban and admitted that he would call Steven Stamkos’s agent when free agency opened. The NHL reportedly received tampering complaints after his comments.

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“Last week I was trying to be candid with our fans and media about our efforts to improve our team but said too much about players on other teams. I have spoken personally to the NHL and the general managers involved to apologize and I accept the league’s ruling,” Benning said in a statement.

The Canucks finished 13th out of 14 teams in the Western Conference last season.

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