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Linden wants new Canucks GM by end of May

Apr 30, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT

Trevor Linden AP

Stressing how important it is to “think carefully before you do things,” Trevor Linden said today on Sportsnet 590 The FAN radio that he plans to start the interview process for the new general manager of the Vancouver Canucks sometime next week.

“I would love to have someone in place by the end of May,” said Linden, who’s been the Canucks’ president of hockey operations for three weeks now. “I don’t know if that’s possible.”

While he wouldn’t say how many names are on his list of candidates to replace Mike Gillis, he did say he was happy with the ones he’s compiled, even if Brad Treliving was snapped up by the Flames before he could be interviewed.

Meanwhile, when asked about the future of coach John Tortorella, Linden was vague.

“I have a great deal of respect for John,” said Linden. “He’s been successful in this league. He’s won a Stanley Cup. It’s a decision that has effects all over the place. I just want to make sure that I’m seeing things clearly.”

Linden did say it was “imperative” that the new GM gets to choose his head coach, which may mean the decision on Tortorella could rest with the successful candidate.

There are only three official coaching vacancies in the NHL — Washington, Nashville and Florida. Of course, that number could increase soon depending what happens in the playoffs, as well as places like Toronto and Carolina.

Related: Linden meets with Neely to talk about…stuff

  1. canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    The Canucks need to completely retool their amateur scouting department.

    Few teams have had as worse a draft record as the Canucks over the last 30 years.

  2. 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Keep Tortorella. Bad move if they let him go.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM


    There’s some really good coaches out there right now (Barry Trotz, Peter Laviolette, John Stevens). Other guys like Dan Bylsma and Todd McLellan may also become available.

    • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Whoops. Meant 950003cups.

      My apologies to the 1990 Edmonton Oilers.

  4. ralphwilsonisrich - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Darcy Regier

    • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      How about no?

  5. stakex - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    No matter what you think of Torts, or if you think they should keep him or not… its kinda crappy for the Canucks to string him along like this. Considering that there are some vacancies out there right now, just fire the guy if its inevitable and let him try to get a new job before its too late.

    Of course, it is possible the Canucks don’t actually fire him….

    • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      I’m sure he can look at his contract and find million$ of reasons to be patient. He kind of made the bed he’s laying in right now. He’ll be fine. If he’s feeling anxious and insecure, then he can visit a few places to make him realize that there are worse things out there.

      • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Did blomfeld just make an insightful and articulate assertion?

      • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Nope. This insightful and articulate assertion was courtesy of Joey. Sorry to disappoint you.

  6. elvispocomo - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    I have to think Linden already has an idea in his mind for what’s going to happen with Torts. I’d assume from that he’d want a GM who’s like minded – again assuming a top candidate of his doesn’t blow him away with a reason to do the opposite.He’ll likely be able to plan around the potential new GM though, and make a decision one way or the other on Torts prior to the actual hiring, in the event the GM’s current team is still in the playoffs.

  7. iowa02 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Trevor Linden is still….so….handsome.

    What is the topic of this thread again…..

  8. luz56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    You need smart hockey people in place and Linden isn’t it! These teams that recycle home town stars ultimately fail for the most part.. Yes their scouts are a problem and it shows.. Trotz is the guy to turn it around on the ice IF they let him to his thing.. Linden should have just been brought in for appearances

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