By Andrew Chernoff
November 13, 2016
Canucks management and its ownership are seemingly in disarray, as reports of not only Willie Desjardins being on a short leash as coach of the Canucks have been prominent, but now, rumors of Trevor Linden, either considering stepping down, or perhaps, the unthinkable, being replaced himself, circulate.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman confirms a conversation with the president of hockey operations and alternate governor for the Canucks.
“I did ask him (Saturday), I said, ‘Is any of this true?’, and he said, ‘Look, I came into this job with my eyes wide open. I knew there was a chance we were going to go through a difficult time. I accept that, I get the criticism and the scrutiny,’ but … he says he’s not going anywhere. He is staying in his current role.”
Instead of the Vancouver Canucks organization putting into place an atmosphere, confidence and plan for the playing roster to succeed, the opposite seems to be happening, as management seems to be imploding among themselves on the present, and future direction of the team.
Linden, and the owners of the Canucks need to get on top of this mess before more controversy threatens to affect the ability of the playing roster to be able to concentrate on scoring goals and winning games on the ice, rather than the distractions off the ice.
With due respect to Friedman, anything less than a public statement from Trevor Linden, on his and Desjardins future with the Canucks, is poor leadership, and a blatant disregard of the supporters of the team and its fan base.