Their season isn’t officially over, but the reconstruction of the Canucks has begun in earnest.
A day after sending GM Mike Gillis packing, Vancouver continued its front-office makeover with the hiring of franchise legend Trevor Linden as the team’s new president.
According to a team release, Linden will be responsible for all hockey operations, including the coaching and scouting staffs, player procurement and development, and minor league affiliations and operations.
“Today is a real honour,” Linden said. “I came to Vancouver 26 years ago and I have never left. I love this city. It is my home and the Canucks have always been part of my family. I’m passionate about the Canucks and I want to win — just like our fans. I believe in this team and share the organization’s commitment to excellence on and off of the ice. I am looking forward to getting started — getting to know everyone in the organization, and working together to win the Stanley Cup for this great city.”
We’ll have to take him at his word there — even though he lied to us all yesterday.