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Report: Trevor Linden turns down management position with rival NHL team, Nieuwendyk in the mix

Thanks, but no thanks says the Canucks legend.

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It’s been an up and down season for the Vancouver Canucks in the post Trevor Linden Era. The Canucks legend, of course, stepped down from his position as the team’s president last offseason citing personal reasons. Not much has been heard from Linden since his departure, but it’s believed that he’s not interested in a return to the hockey world right now, as he has stressed over and over the his commitments lie at home with his young family.

Still, this apparently hasn’t prevented the Ottawa Senators from sniffing around, at least according to a report from NHL insider Elliotte Friedman. In his latest 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet, Friedman reports that Linden rebuffed an opportunity to interview with the Senators. Also noteworthy is the fact that Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars legend Joe Nieuwendyk is also in the mix for the vacant Senators president role.

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Trevor Linden declined the opportunity to interview in Ottawa. I think Joe Nieuwendyk is on the radar as well.

Interesting. Linden’s management record with the Canucks is spotty at best, but he was at the helm when the team drafted potential superstars Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes. 

As for Nieuwendyk, he had a three year stint as general manager of the Dallas Stars, but he was severely hamstrung in the position due to the financial difficulties the team encountered under former owner Tom Hicks. He has spent the past four years as a scout and special advisor to the Carolina Hurricanes organization.