OPINION: OK, betting on Jim Benning’s future was a tacky move by the lottery corp. But what about these other Canucks wagers?Should Jim Benning get a contract extension from the Vancouver Canucks?As the general manager enters his fifth year behind the wheel in Vancouver, it’s a question many are asking. So many, in fact, that on Thursday the B.C. Lottery Corporation went so far as to invite fans to wager on Benning’s future with the Canucks, before quickly scrubbing the betting special from PlayNow.com.“After making a splash at the NHL Draft in his trade for J.T. Miller, and on the eve of NHL Free Agency, will Jim Benning’s bold moves lead to him returning as the Vancouver Canucks’ General Manager in 2020? Canucks fans and B.C. bettors have the opportunity to wager on PlayNow.com if Benning will be extended and remain the club’s GM for the 2020-21 season,” the Crown corporation asked in a Friday morning news release.But by Friday afternoon, the betting special was gone. The link in the tweet embedded above now takes fans to a page where they can bet on a Tyler Myers signing and nothing more.That’s not entirely surprising, as the lottery corporation faced immediate criticism for the cheeky new bet. The Burnaby Now’s Chris Campbell decried the stunt Friday, calling it both “tacky” and “disgusting” in an indignant op-ed.“Getting fired or laid off or whatever sucks for anyone,” Campbell said. “It hurts, even if you make as much money as Benning does. It’s humiliating to get fired in the public eye — asking people to bet on that humiliation is inhumane.”Campbell has a point. PlayNow.com frequently offers tacky sports betting options, but inviting gamblers to wager on the livelihood of an actual, living person does seem particularly unkind. One imagines the Canucks’ brass felt similarly upon seeing this:That said, forcing Canucks fans to swallow a contract extension for the man who traded a first-round draft pick for J.T. Miller, signed Loui Eriksson for $36 million over six years, gave Jay Beagle a pricey four-year deal, traded Jared McCann for Erik Gudbranson, and wasted valuable rebuilding years refusing to accept the reality of his own situation, among other big blunders, would be pretty unkind too.So let’s meet in the middle. Rather than inviting wagers on whether Benning will get the axe, the BCLC could play it safe by taking bets on whether he’ll do anything else this season to increase the likelihood. It’s the same basic idea, just not quite as crass. Consider these less “inhumane” eventualities that BCLC could open up to bettors:• Will the Canucks trade ever more draft picks for bottom-six wingers despite being in a rebuild?• Will the Canucks miss the playoffs again, setting up a scenario where, if they repeat the feat in 2020-21, they lose their lottery pick — the only comfort for such ineptitude and this regime’s only source of impact players to date — in the process?• Can the Canucks make a single trade during this era where the majority of observers agree that they didn’t get hoodwinked by a savvier franchise?• Will the Canucks sign replacement-level free agents this summer to rich, unwieldy, long-term deals that hamstring their ability to weaponize their cap space, let alone re-sign core RFAs like Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes down the line?• Will the Canucks go down in history as the only team to swallow a cap recapture penalty when every other team in the same boat found a way, however dishonest or underhanded, to get out from under them?• If they miss out on Tyler Myers and Jake Gardiner in free agency, will the Canucks turn to their remaining UFA defenceman who played the most minutes last season and sign the recently jettisoned Ben Hutton to a long-term, big-money contract?It seems notable that, four years into the Benning era, none of these questions has an easy answer. It’s enough to make one wonder about his future in Vancouver, even if it’s inadvisable to bet on it.Instead, stay classy, and bet on the franchise learning from its mistakes and making prudent, forward-thinking moves in the future. Or, if Jim Benning gets that contract extension, don’email@example.comFollow @harrisonmooneyCLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.