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by Paul on 08/15/07 at 09:40 AM ET
“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, said 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.”
It’s hard to believe Linden will feel fine if Vigneault, for reasons that may be difficult for the coach to explain and even harder to defend, decides there isn’t a place on his roster for a versatile veteran who was the Canucks’ best forward in the playoffs and, by coincidence, happens to be the most popular player in team history.
Certainly, few fans in Vancouver will be fine with it.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t aware what all this means,” 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.”
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