Friday, September 05, 2008

Linden's No. 16 to head to rafters

The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they will host ‘Trevor Linden Night’ at General Motors Place on December 17th when they play the Edmonton Oilers. The night dedicated to the longtime Captain of the Canucks will be highlighted by a pre-game ceremony where Linden’s number 16 will be retired. Linden’s sweater will join Stan Smyl’s number 12 in the rafters at General Motors Place.
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Retiring sweaters has been a rare, rare occurrence for the Canucks, as Linden becomes just the second number in the rafters in the franchise's 38-year history.

Hard to believe.

Linden only ended up registering 375 goals and fell well short of 1,000 points, but that makes him a somewhat fitting hero for Vancouver given their history. He has played in 39 per cent of the team's 2,952 regular season games.

Linden's first in franchise games played, second in goals, first in assists, second in points, third in power play goals and second in shots and shorthanded and game winning goals. He was sixth among active players in games played in 2007-08, behind only Chelios, Shanahan, Wesley, Richardson and Recchi.

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At 4:33 a.m., September 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't Leafs West be on their way to Hamilton soon?

At 9:59 a.m., September 05, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Good for Trevor. Always thought he was a bit over rated, and he never really won anything, so not sure if the 'honor' is deserved, but in the past teams have retired numbers for far less a contribution.

At 11:33 a.m., September 05, 2008, Blogger Shawn said...

To Faux,

I have to agree I think that he is a little overrated as a player, but his impact on the Nucks and to lesser extent the league (NHLPA involvment) has to be counted as well. He was the heart and soul of the nucks for years, and although he never won anything, his number should be raised to their rafters.

At 12:40 p.m., September 05, 2008, Blogger attention whore finder said...

i wish i could be someone who "only ended up" scoring 375 goals, play in the NHL over 20 years, and make millions of dollars playing a game.

At 2:09 p.m., September 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trevor Linden didn't win anything because Marc Crawford screwed Nagano Olympics for Team Canada.

Day off before semifinal, no game day morning skate before semifinal... If that wasn't enough he should have used different players in shootout.

Sorry, Trevor! And Wayne, Eric, Joe etc.

At 12:43 a.m., September 06, 2008, Anonymous nick said...

He was top ten active players in 2007-2008 seasons.

At 4:58 a.m., September 06, 2008, Anonymous LeMatt said...

The thing about Linden that us Canucks fans love is that he has a scored more than a point-per-game in game 7s. He is Mr.Clutch. Even last year when he was a shadow of his former self he still scored the winning goal against Dallas to clinch the series.

Sure he only broke 80 pts a few times, but it's his clutch playoff performances, when the team needed him the most, which make him such a special player to Canucks fans. He deserves to have his number retired.

At 10:17 a.m., September 06, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

Of course his number's being retired against the Oilers. Never mind that he scored more against the Oilers than any other team; Edmonton is shit on jersey retirement nights, whether it's their own or someone else's. It's Guaranteed Win Night.

At 1:28 p.m., September 06, 2008, Anonymous Clark W. said...

He should have retired 10 years ago. He's VASTLY over-rated -- Canucks fans are losers for idolizing this bum. Pavel Bure was 1,000 times better.

At 3:29 p.m., September 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Clark,

Little angry there, settle down. Linden's one of those heart and soul guys, not a scorer. This isn't the hall of fame. It solely measures his impact to the Canucks and community.

At 6:43 p.m., September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pavel Bure was Radulov of his time. He had a deal but held out and finally got traded to NHL outhouse in Florida.

Send all Russians to KHL and enjoy heart and soul Canadian players like Trevor Linden.

At 12:11 a.m., September 08, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

Bure refused to honour his contract because he waited for more than one season after privately requesting a trade (and was promised by management that he would be traded). He also didn't give a list of team he would be willing to go; he just wanted to leave the city. No reason was given to the public, but it's speculated that he felt he was not supported by Quinn-led management team, one incident of which was when the rumour about Bure holding out during the Cup finals to get his new contract and management didn't defend Bure despite knowing that the rumour was baseless.

At 7:27 a.m., September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Bure wanted to leave while under contract? Just like Radulov but in the NHL you can't sign with other team without other teams permission. If KHL had had money that time he would have played in Russia. Case closed and retire Linden's number already. Could've been Bure's number up there but somebody hurt his feelings. Sniff.

At 12:56 p.m., September 08, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

Bure wanted to leave Vancouver not for more money. He already had a contract that would guarantee him to be paid as one of the 5 (or 3, I forgot) highest paid players as long as he scored 50 goals a season. Bure actually said he was reconsidering the decision to request a trade because he felt very comfortable with Keenan as head coach and de facto GM. But when Brian Burke, a member of the Pat Quinn management team returned, he was adamant again that he wanted a trade out of the team, eventually leading to the hold out. It's less about greed or the city and more about the management.


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