Trevor Linden defends Benning, praises Salo, and describes the club's 'delicate dance'

Thomas Drance
August 13 2015 03:59PM

On Thursday afternoon Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden got into the hot seat for TSN 1040's President's Week

Joining Matt Sekeres in studio for a two-hour segment on Vancouver sports talk radio, Linden was treated to several hours of questions - both from Sekeres and from ranting fans - about the club's overall strategy. During Linden's lengthy, exhausting appearance the Canucks president defended his general manager Jim Benning and his new assistant general manager John Weisbrod, articulated his belief in the NHL entry draft as crucial for the Canucks' future, discussed what he's learned in his first year on the job, said he missed cycling, and, of course, the Luca Sbisa extension was re-litigated for the billionth time this summer.

By the end of the conversation Linden seemed a bit testy, and fair enough. He mostly spent two hours dealing with the same furious questions and fan rants that have permeated around the Vancouver sports market all summer. Still, it was a revealing segment, and bears some unpacking.

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Canucks will wear the old skate logo jersey vs. Maple Leafs on February 13

Thomas Drance
August 13 2015 12:49PM

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Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden spent the prime of his career wearing the mid-90s 'flying skate' jersey, and has repeatedly made no secret of his affection for the sweater, even pushing for the sweater to be worn for the game last season that honoured Pat Quinn. And now he's succeeded in bringing it back, for real.

As part of the 20th anniversary festivities for the Rogers Arena, the Canucks will sport the sweater that they wore during the 1994 Stanley Cup Final this coming year. They'll do in a nationally broadcast game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 13th, the club's president announced during an appearance on TSN 1040 on Thursday afternoon.

Cool!

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #17 Andrey Pedan

Josh W
August 13 2015 12:08PM

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In November of 2014, newly minted General Manager Jim Benning made one of signature variety of trades by sending disappointing former second-round draft pick Alex Mallet to the New York Islanders, with a third round pick, in exchange for defensive prospect Andrey Pedan.

Nearly a year later, Mallet is no longer with with the Islanders system, having signed with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. And the Canucks recouped the third-round pick they sent to New York in the Brandon Sutter deal. So clearly the Canucks have won this high stakes and very high profile trade!

Continue past the jump as we look - somewhat more seriously - into the 17th best prospect in the Canucks system in our estimation: Andrey Pedan!

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Widely beloved ex-Canucks defenseman Sami Salo officially retires

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 13 2015 10:51AM

After a year away from the game, spent unsuccessfully trying to recover from injury, it looks like the end of the road has come for Sami Salo. The former Canucks defenceman, and all-around fan favourite has retired at the age of 40 years old, according to a report from Finnish outlet Ilta-Sanomat.

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Virtanen, Boeser, Shinkaruk qualify for ESPN top-100 prospects list

Thomas Drance
August 13 2015 09:08AM

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Having ranked the Vancouver Canucks' prospect system as totally average earlier this week, ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman unveiled his individual top-100 prospects ($) and top-10 goalie prospects ($) on Thursday and four Canucks assets made the cut.

It's probably not the four you think, either. Click past the jump for a recap of how Vancouver's prospects fared in Pronman's league-wide comparative ranking list.

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