With a simple flick of the wrist, everything on the west coast was settled. For now, Trevor Linden returning to the Vancouver Canucks line-up for yet another season simply eases the pain in waiting for the next debacle as the faithful wait for the arrival of yet another jersey. When training camp begins, Trevor Linden will bring a sense of stability to a line-up that for the most part of the past two seasons has been shuffled and re-shuffled. In January, Trevor Linden will provide a key goal or block a point-shot or make a thunderous body-check that changes the pace of the game. All this in-between stops at Canuck Place children’s hospice. Finally, in April, Trevor Linden will provide the type of leadership that is required to lead a team to the playoffs; through all the grueling battles and at the end of it all, you will realize what this man means to the city of Vancouver.
Growing up a hockey fan since my first breath, I cannot remember a player that ‘fit’ with the Canucks more than Trevor Linden. I cannot remember a player that meant more to this city than Trevor Linden.
Yes, Trevor has his critics and most of the arguments against some of his hockey talents can be argued with validity, however, to argue against his intangible assets, you are not a sports fan.
Trevor Linden is not the most talented hockey player to ever wear the Canucks jersey (what ever logo, colour or style it maybe), but since the first time he donned the Canuck logo, he is what means. What it means to be a Canuck.