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Will Trevor Linden be the Vancouver Canucks' next GM?

04/09/2014 10:09 EDT | Updated 06/09/2014 05:59 EDT
Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is expected to clear up rumours that former captain Trevor Linden will be come the team's new general manager this morning at Roger's Arena.

On Tuesday, Aquilini fired the team's president and general manager Mike Gillis of eight years, after the team was eliminated from the playoffs the night before.

In the waning seconds of Monday night's 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the fans who were still in the building were chanting "Fire Gillis". They got their wish, and now the Canucks have a hole to fill.

Rumours former Canucks captain and fan-favourite Trevor Linden would replace Gillis were sparked when TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger reported on Twitter on Tuesday morning that Linden would be the club's new president.

But shortly before Gillis was fired, Linden himself addressed the rumour and denied he was in talks with the team about the job, during a morning interview on Global Television.

"It’s interesting, I think one of the things is that when teams struggle, there’s lots of speculation. For me, I’ve been rumoured to do lots of things… I’ve been rumoured to be going into politics, and mayor of Vancouver," said Linden, who was on the morning news to promote his health clubs.

"Right now, you know, I’m enjoying running my clubs and my fitness business. It’s been successful. We’re launching a great new concept right now and so enjoying life."

When asked if he would consider taking the job if offered, Linden said, "I’ve always said to people if the opportunity is right and the time is right, I’d have to seriously consider it."

Linden, 43, was named captain of the Canucks at age 21, making him one of the youngest in NHL history. He led the team to two Smythe Division titles in 1992 and 1993 and the Stanley Cup finals in 1994.

In 1998 was named president of the NHL Players Association for eight years. He retired in 2008 and went on to open a chain of health clubs.

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This morning owner Francesco Aquilini is also expected to shed more light on the future of coach John Torterella, whose first year behind the bench as also been rocky.

Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster, Jim Hughson says whoever the new GM is, bringing them in with an existing coach in place isn't ideal.

"It's almost impossible. It seldom ever works in the National Hockey League."

Hughson says there are former GM's out there who might be interested, but they would want to have their own guy behind the bench.

Meanwhile Canuck fans are going to have to be patient, he says.

"I think they are a salvageable organization, and they still have some pretty good pieces but it's going to take some work to get themselves back to where they were."

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