It’s been nearly a month since former Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden unceremoniously left his position with the organization and only now are Canucks fans are beginning to learn the details of the franchise icon’s split with the team.
During a recent interview with TSN 1040 radio in Vancouver, Ed Willes of The Province newspaper reported some of the details of Linden’s departure and pulls the curtain back on Linden’s dealings with owner Francesco Aquilini.
“The way the categorized the divorce was being ‘amicable’, but everyone I talk to says that amicable is that last thing that it was,” said Willes to radio hosts Jeff Patterson and Don Taylor.“
Even more interestingly, Willes gave some insight on the way in which the Canucks operated under Linden’s leadership. Check out this doozy of a quote:
“I think Trevor envisioned a scenario where he was the president, but really he was the GM. He was the one who made the final calls on trades and personnel moves and Jim was more the director of scouting/player personnel guy.”
Interesting… especially so because the biggest criticism of the Canucks in recent years hasn’t been their draft record, but rather their acquisitions via the trade market and free agent market. If Willes is to be believed then it’s Linden who should bare the brunt of the blame for the team’s lack of success not general manager Jim Benning.
Whoever’s to blame, one thing is clear: the Canucks front office is in absolute shambles. No one is quite clear on who does what or what the plan is…
Are the Canucks rebuilding? Because the offseason additions of Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel and Tim Schaller certainly don’t fit with that narrative…
Are the Canucks pushing for a playoff spot? Because the team’s roster certainly doesn’t look any better than the team who finished in the basement of the NHL standings last season…
In fairness, the biggest failing of Linden during his four year stint as president of the Canucks was simply a lack of luck. Despite finishing in a lottery position in four of the five seasons with Linden at the helm, the Canucks have never picked any higher than 5th overall. While picks like Jake Virtanen, Olli Juolevi, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes may indeed turn into solid NHLers, even stars, you can’t help but think that top picks like Aaron Ekblad, Auston Matthews, Nico Hischier and Rasmus Dahlin would have helped speed up the Canucks rebuild much more quickly.