Following in the footsteps of the Colorado Avalanche and their expansion cousins in Buffalo, the Vancouver Canucks announced Sunday that Trevor Linden, former Canuck captain and far and away the most beloved athlete residing in Vancouver, was their new president of hockey operations.
The position opened up Tuesday when Mike Gillis was dismissed from his dual positions as General Manager and President by owner Francesco Aquilini. It will now be Linden's job as President to find someone to fill the newly-vacated GM role (and any other roles he deems necessary of a change, like, say, the head coach).
From a public relations standpoint, this is a massive win for Canucks' ownership, and let's be clear here -- that's exactly what they were going for.
The dismissal of Gillis made it perfectly clear who was running the show in Vancouver, and gave an indication of who directed the hiring of John Tortorella as head coach. Granted, the story behind that hiring remains perfectly unclear. RumoursRead More »from Trevor Linden becomes Canucks team president, much-needed face of the organization