Linden re-signs with Canucks
In case you missed it, unrestricted free agent Trevor Linden signed a $600,000, one-year contract this afternoon.
The former Canucks captain will be back in Vancouver for his 18th NHL season — and his 15th as a member of the Canucks.
Linden’s totals and ice-time (11 minutes) fell off dramatically last season, as he posted the lowest goal, point and PIM totals of his career.
Even still, the 36-year-old remains a solid veteran presence on a team that’s in need of a greybeard’s voice once in a while, and he still brings intangibles like faceoff wins (although he did dip below the 50-per-cent mark last season).
What else does Linden do? Well, he finished 2nd in blocked shots among Canucks forwards last season (behind only rookie Ryan Kesler), sixth in hits, and he was a plus player (+3) on a team without a lot of them.
Linden became the first player to play 1,000 games in a Canucks uniform last season, and is still very much a fan favourite. I fully expect him to retire within the next two years — and for the No. 16 to go right along with him.
He currently sits 55th on the all-time games played list (1,243), eighth among active players. (Two more full seasons would see him climb into the Top 20 list, an indication of just how durable Linden has been.)