Trevor Linden is out as the president of the Vancouver Canucks. The franchise announced an “amicable” departure on Wednesday.
“There aren’t many individuals in sport more connected to a team and a community than Trevor is in Vancouver,” said Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini. “The Canucks are entering an exciting new era thanks in large part to Trevor’s leadership and hard work. I thank Trevor for all of his accomplishments and I am confident that Jim Benning and his staff will continue that momentum in the months ahead.”
Linden had been president of the team for the last four years and the Canucks made one playoff appearance in that timespan. They lost to the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2014-2015 post-season.
This past season, Vancouver finished with a 31-40-11 record. That placed them 26th overall.
Linden oversaw many aspects of the club, including scouting, coaching, player development, hockey operations, and minor league affiliations. He also served as an NHL alternate governor.
But with the Canucks out of the running for three straight post-seasons and not winning a playoff series since 2011, it’s way past time for a change in Vancouver.
“I am excited about the highly skilled group of prospects and young stars that we have assembled,” Linden said. “From ownership to hockey and business operations, the club is as strong as it’s been in years. Above it all, I can feel our fans’ sense of hope again and I know the future for the Canucks is very bright.”
The team recently signed forward Jake Virtanen to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million a year and signed defenceman Troy Stecher to a two-year deal worth $4.65 million. Stecher and Virtanen were the last remaining RFAs for the Canucks to sign this off-season.
Vancouver has about $9.27 million remaining in cap space going into the 2018-2019 season.
Getting a deal done for Brock Boeser will be high on the agenda, as he’s set for RFA status at the conclusion of next season. Defenceman Alexander Edler will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, as will Michael Del Zotto and goalie Anders Nilsson.