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Linden meets with Neely to talk about…stuff

Apr 24, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

Trevor Linden AP

From Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province:

Trevor Linden met with Boston Bruins president Cam Neely on Thursday which means, naturally, he sought permission to talk to Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning about the vacant GM’s job in Vancouver.

But he didn’t. Or maybe he did but he didn’t make the request through official diplomatic channels. It’s hard to know.

As you might have guessed by reading that excerpt, the Canucks’ new president of hockey of operations didn’t share many specifics from his trip to Boston. In meeting with Neely, it’s possible Linden was mostly curious to learn how the Bruins run their operation, one former player in charge of a team he used to star for to another.

As guarded as Linden was in his comments, he did seem to suggest that the hiring of Benning, or any other candidate currently with another organization (like, say, Ron Hextall in Philadelphia), wouldn’t necessarily have to wait until that particular organization was no longer participating in the playoffs.

“The one thing I’ll say is I spoke to several GMs and I haven’t got any push back on timing, whether they’re playing or not,” he said.

Time is a concern for Linden, who still has to decide on the future of head coach John Tortorella. Unless, of course, Linden chooses to leave the coaching decision to the new GM, in which case Tortorella may have to twist in the wind a bit longer.

“I know from the outside people are wondering what’s going on,” said Linden. “But this isn’t a two-week project. The ripple effect of each decision is significant. I have to understand things in the full situation. not just a sliver here or a sliver there.”

  1. imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I heard there was a Chara for Booth deal they’d be making this summer.

    • govtminion - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I don’t advise taking NHL trade rumors from The Onion in the future.

  2. matt14gg - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    One thing people need to remember is that Neely is still a Vancouver guy. I know Canucks fans prob dislike him, even before 2011, but much like Mark Recchi I’m pretty sure it means a lot to Neely to see the Canucks be successful. I’m sure Trevor Linden came to ask about Jim Benning, but that could have been done with a phone call. This was more about the Bruins culture and while Neely’s not gonna give away trade secrets it’s not unheard of for a guy to communicate with people he knows and respects around the league…especially when you enter the same job, much the way Neely did, with no experience.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      You obviously don’t know anything about peeps from B.C. Cam Neely has always been a respected and well liked figure in the province. Mark Recchi on the other hand is a pos. His comments and bullshiite from that time lost any goodwill he might have had in these parts.

      There is no comparison between the two in the province of B.C. it’s like night and day.

      • matt14gg - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        You are right on that one since I live a few thousand miles from there…either way I think it means a lot to both of them to see the Canucks be good.

  3. bilbono - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Kick his a**, Sea Bass!

  4. Wineshard - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I suggest Linden buys a round of boilermakers to start on a good note. But make sure you go to the bathroom ALONE!

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