The Canucks are in need of a major resurgence, and that will start this weekend as they play Dallas on Sunday. Earlier this week, Trevor Linden spoke with TSN 1040 and, not surprisingly, admitted that nobody in the organization is happy. The discussion of firing Willie Desjardins has only gained traction as each game passes, and his leash appears to be shorter and shorter as the struggles continue. The general consensus among fans is that there needs to be some sort of movement within the organization, whether it be through trades, waiver claims, or hockey personnel changes.
Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported something that came out of left field…
Elliotte Friedman: “There’s been rumblings about [Trevor Linden stepping down]. It’s been a hard time for the Vancouver Canucks. I did ask him today, I said ‘Is any of this true?’ and he said ‘Look, I came into this job with my eyes wide open, I knew there was a chance we were going to go through a difficult time. I accept that, I get the criticism and the scrutiny,’ but he says he is not going anywhere, he is staying in his current role.”
That’s it. There was no discussion about the topic before Ron MacLean asked the question, and there was no round-table after it was answered.
As far as I, and the rest of us at Canucks Army know, there were no such reports of Linden possibly resigning as President of Hockey Operations – at least none that were made public. In this Vancouver hockey market, fans are kept up-to-date with basically every rumbling within the organization. Even smaller moves, such as a player being sent down to Utica, is usually reported before being made official.
It’s quite odd that Friedman’s report would suddenly catch us off-guard, especially given the magnitude and impact that it has on the organization. Theories have already started to generate, questioning the validity of the report, as well as if there are any underlying messages trying to be conveyed. Digging through Twitter, I was able to find no such discussions of this rumour. Nonetheless, Friedman’s report is bound to kickstart the talks of Trevor Linden stepping down.
Source: Hockey Night in Canada