The Vancouver Canucks and Amateur Scout Director Judd Brackett have mutually agreed to separate when Brackett’s contract expires June 30.
The Canaucks said in a statement that there will be no further changes to the team’s amateur screening staff at this time and that general manager Jim Benning will continue to be responsible for the final draft decisions.
“We are grateful for the contributions and leadership of Judd at an important time for our team,” said Benning in a statement. “Judd has earned the respect of his peers and his fans; we are proud of what he and our team of amateur scouts have accomplished. Although difficult, we think it is the right decision for the future of our team. We are confident we have a strong screening staff and are well positioned for the next NHL Entry Draft. “
Brackett has been director of amateur scouting since 2015 and has worked in the team’s amateur scouting department for 12 years.
Talks about Brackett’s future revolved around the Vancouver market for months, his contract not being renewed beyond this season. Benning told the media on a conference call Friday that the team offered Brackett a two-year contract extension, but it was turned down.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported earlier this month that a split was the most likely outcome.
“Judd Brackett and the Vancouver Canucks are clearly not comfortable with each other,” Friedman said on Sportsnet 650 on May 5. “For whatever reason, the organization is not comfortable with him and he is not comfortable with them. I think everyone can see it at this point. “