icon Trevor Linden (right) has a good reason to deny that the team is about to hire him. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
TSN's Bob McKenzie has cultivated a reputation for being one of the hockey world's best-connected insiders. So when he tweeted this morning that Trevor Linden was about to be named the new president of the Vancouver Canucks, well, the story quickly gained traction.
Except with Linden.
The franchise legend was previously scheduled for an appearance on Vancouver's Global TV to talk about a new gym he's opening in the area, but McKenzie's tweet quickly changed the focus of the interview.
But Linden, speaking with host Steve Darling, decided to play killjoy.
Steve Darling: And we’ll get to that … but first, news this morning, starting back east, that you were about to be named president of the Vancouver Canucks. Have you ever talked to the Vancouver Canucks about that job?
Trevor Linden: I haven’t and I think it’s interesting ... when teams struggle, there’s lots of speculation. I’ve been rumoured to do lots of things ... I’ve been rumoured to go into politics.
Darling: So to be clear, the Aquilinis haven’t approached you in any way to act as president or ...
Linden: No. Look I’ve spoken to, I know them from when I played, I know the brothers and such.
Darling: So where do these rumors come from?
Linden: I think perhaps ... it just gets traction, whatever people say. With the advent of Twitter, and Facebook, and stuff, people talk, that sort of thing. It goes rampant.
Darling: If the Aquilinis were to come to you and offer you something, would you be interested?
Linden: You know, Steve, I’ve always said that if the right opportunity, the right time came up, people have been asking me that for six years, "Hey, you should come back or you should do this" ... I’ve really enjoyed my time in the fitness business. Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness has been very successful and we’re going to grow that brand and we’re launching Orange Theory fitness. But look, I’ve always said to people, if the opportunity is right and the time was right, I’d have to seriously consider it
Darling: Would you feel confident you could step in right now to a role as president? That you’d have the skill set to do that?
Linden: I’ve never really thought of it, to be honest, there’s many jobs in hockey -- I’ve often thought I’d be a good coach though, I love the tactical ... You know the tactical aspect of the game is something I’ve always loved, some of the coaches I’ve played for, why they chose the strategies they did – there’s lots of different jobs out there. I don’t know.
So maybe there's nothing to the rumor after all. Or maybe there is. That's not to say that McKenzie's omniscient, but he doesn't get many wrong. And Linden's a smart guy. He's not going to spill the beans on a chat show when there's an orchestrated splash to be made by the team if/when such an arrangement is pending.
We'll know one way or the other soon. Just not now.