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Linden denies rumors he’ll be new Canucks president

Apr 8, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

Colton Orr, Roberto Luongo AP

Former Canucks captain Trevor Linden has refuted rumors that he could return to his former club in an executive capacity, perhaps as president.

The Province newspaper has a transcript of Linden’s interview on Global TV this morning.

“I haven’t (talked to the Canucks about a job),” he said. “I think it’s interesting…when teams struggle, there’s lots of speculation.”

He added: “I’m enjoying running my (fitness) clubs. Our fitness business has been successful, we’re launching a great new concept right now. Enjoying life.”

Whether Linden was being entirely truthful, we’ll know soon enough. But at this point, it remains anyone’s guess what ownership will do. General manager Mike Gillis and head coach John Tortorella could both be fired; they could both be back; or one could be back, the other gone. Without a direct line to the Aquilinis, it’s impossible to cut through all the noise and say definitively what’s going to happen.

We will say this, though — the “Fire Gillis” chants last night didn’t help the GM’s case, and nor did the team’s lackluster performance help the coach’s case.

Related: Could Markus Naslund be on his way back to Vancouver?

  1. elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Considering he spent last month in the Alps and started this month promoting his new fitness program at his Club16 gyms, it didn’t even seem like he was in the running. Pure rumour mongering by TSN.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I thought Markus Naslund was rumored, which made sense as he is GM for Modo. A mix of experience in Europe and North America would seem like an asset.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        I thought Nazzy was more likely for the GM role, with someone like Nicholson as president. But apparently imminent (see the final part of the quote at the source) doesn’t mean the same to me as it does to Linden, unless no one told him he was up for the job as of yesterday morning.

  2. muckleflugga - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    cbc news is reporting gillis has been fired

    • imleftcoast - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      It’s official

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Wow. I wonder who they’ll hire to fire Torts.

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