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Linden awaits future with team

From the Vancouver Sun:
"I know I have a skill set that can complement this team and I think I bring some other tangibles that are good for this team," Linden, the 37-year-old unsigned free agent, told The Vancouver Sun before the meeting. "Quite honestly, if they feel they can be a better team without me, I'm fine with that, don't have any problem with that. But I need to know.
"If he didn't feel I had much game at the start of the year, I would hope he would [feel differently] going forward," Linden said.

"Hockey is a game of performance. I do feel like I performed well last year and at important times of the season. That's the most important thing about the game. I think I performed well given the opportunity. The last thing I want is for anyone to feel they owe me something or feel pressured to sign me. I want to be part of the team [on merit]."

Linden still has not been informed if he will play for the Canucks this coming season. You know that almost every single Nucklehead wants him back for another season. How can they not? Linden proved to everyone last season that he still has some fuel left in the tank, scoring 12 goals and 25 points in a limited role during the 06-07 regular season and leading the Nucks with 7 points in the playoffs. The guy is a local god.
"I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't aware what all this means," Alain Vigneault said Tuesday. "I know all the love there is for him from the fans and the city. But there's also a lot of respect for Trevor with management and coaches and everyone in our organization. He has earned that respect."

Linden apparently met and talked with Dave Nonis and Alain Vigneault last night. But there is no report yet. Management needs to figure out where Linden fits into this year's picture.
"Trevor and I and Dave need to be on the same page with what the situation is," Vigneault said. "When all is said and done, Dave and I need to do what's best for the team. I think we can do that and at the same time do what's best for Trevor. I'm hoping we're going to be able to do that."

So...don't get your hopes up of a Linden return on the ice...but don't count him out either. The Canucks may be looking to go with their new additions of Byron Ritchie, Brad Isbister and Ryan Shannon and avoiding playing the aging center. That may be the right choice, however you can't discount Linden's leadership role. That leadership is needed at key times, like in the playoffs, where Linden proved himself again.
Eventually, Linden is going to be in upper management, right? He may get his chance to lead the team off the ice this season behind the bench in some form of a role.
We just have to wait and see now.

What are your thoughts? Does Linden have another year left in him? Or should the Canucks go with the new younger and faster players?

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