Monday, September 11, 2006

Back Where He Belongs

Not that it was ever unexpected, but now it's official - Trevor Linden is back where he belongs:
The Vancouver Canucks will have Trevor Linden back in the fold this season, agreeing to a one-year contract with the veteran forward on Monday.

The deal will pay him $600,000 in 2006-07, with another $200,000 available in bonus money.

Linden, 36, scored seven goals and and 16 points in 82 games with the Canucks last season.

In 1,243 career NHL games with the Canucks, Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders, he has amassed 356 goals and 474 assists.
I've posted in the past about what Trevor means to the Vancouver Canucks. But even as his role on the team has evolved, he still remains atop or near the top of most Canucks statistical categories:

  • All-Time Leader in Career Games Played - 1,001
  • All-Time Leader in Career Points - 696 (55 points ahead of Markus Naslund)
  • All-Time Leader in Career Goals - 299 (2 goals ahead of Markus Naslund)
  • 2nd All-Time in Career Assists - 397 (14 assists behind Stan Smyl; 53 ahead of Markus Naslund)
  • 3rd All-Time in Game-Winning Goals - 31 (12 GWG behind Markus Naslund; 7 ahead of Brendan Morrison; 16 ahead of Daniel Sedin; and 17 ahead of Mattias Ohlund)
  • 3rd All-Time in Powerplay Goals - 92 (4 PPG behind Markus Naslund)
  • 2nd All-Time in Shorthanded Goals - 13 (5 SHG ahead of Matt Cooke)
With all due respect to Markus Naslund, there's a reason Canucks fans still call him Captain Canuck.

Postscript 1: This post gives me a good excuse to share this picture (taken at a Cops for Cancer fundraiser in 2003).

Postscript 2: Good call on Trev's salary to those who voted in the poll two weeks ago.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 9:16 PM


At September 12, 2006 6:39 AM, Anonymous Steve Jamieson said...

Linden is the man. I am so proud that the Canucks realize that and will allow him to play out his career with the Nucks.

At September 13, 2006 8:54 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...


#16 belongs next to #12.

When the time comes.


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