Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Trevor Taking Another Paycut

From Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun (link via Kukla's Corner):
Nonis has been trying all summer to trade for offensive help and said recently the pressure on some teams to move a forward -- either to clear payroll or a roster spot -- won't peak until the start of the regular season.

Linden would be the 20th NHLer (one-way contract) on Vancouver's roster and, including the buyout of Marc Chouinard, Nonis will have committed about $46.2 million US of his $50.3 million salary cap. He has cap room left to add another forward.

Linden, naturally, is doing what he can to help. To give Nonis as much cap flexibility as possible, Linden apparently is willing to take a cut from the $600,000 salary he made last year and play for a league-minimum $475,000, plus bonuses.

Whatever else, no one can question Linden's loyalty. Not even after this summer.
Last year, Trevor took a paycut from $1.52 million to $600,000 (plus bonuses) knowing that his role has changed on this team. We say it all the time. His biggest contribution now is his leadership. Of course, all he did was score 12 goals in the regular season - good for 5th on the team among forwards - and lead the team in scoring in the playoffs. I'm not saying he deserves a massive raise, but I don't think he deserves a paycut either.

Read the full article here.

[update: 08/21/2007, 5:39 PM]

It's official. Trevor Linden is returning to the Vancouver Canucks for one more season:

Fan favourite and 16-year Vancouver Canuck veteran Trevor Linden has re-signed with the team.

The contract will pay the 37-year-old US$600,000 in base salary. The deal also includes an additional $350,000 in bonuses for games played.
Way to get it done. Now about that scoring forward...

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:01 AM


At August 22, 2007 12:43 AM, Anonymous GZ Expat said...

It's the reality of the new 'cost certainty' NHL. In the old 'free agent' realm, Trevor would have been given his retirement package of a contract that would basically be a Thank You for all the years service...such as the NBA had done for years with guys like MJ, Drexler and others.

Then, when you consider the value that Detroit puts into Chris Chelios at this stage of his career and the contributions both of them make to their club...Trevor should be getting that kind of dough, if you ask me.

I only hope the bonuses make it all worthwhile for him.

At August 22, 2007 6:27 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

It's definitely not as lucrative as it would have been pre-lockout. Now, guys talk about their last big contract at 30.

That said, I'm sure, at this stage of his career, Trev could care less about the $$$. He wants to win and he wants to win as a Canuck. Classy as always.

At April 06, 2008 7:09 PM, Blogger Samantha Orwell said...




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