roughest 2 weeks of my life as a Canuck fan. We lose 2 players to our team forever. Bourdon, and the Linden retiring. Been following him since 91, he was so cool because he was our Captain, at the time, I thought only the best players on the team can wear the C, so he was so cool, good luck Trevor. Forever a Canuck indeed.
Technically, it's been retired for a while. During his years away from the club from 1998 to 2001, nobody wore No. 16. I think it'll be retired at some point in the season, hopefully against Calgary (he played his best against the Flames). If they decide to retire Bourdon's 28 in 08-09, and wait to retire Linden's the following year, that's okay. Nobody will be allowed to wear No. 16. (For his own safety).
As for the Linden/Duff comparison, here's why it doesn't work. Six Cups for Dick Duff, none for Linden. If guys will get into the HHOF thanks to Duff, it will be Esa Tikkanen and Claude Lemieux - big-game forwards with multiple Cup rings. (Although Lemieux was nowhere near the defensive player that Duff was).
I said a lot of things about Linden when he announced his retirement. I'll have only one hockey hero. That's Trevor Linden. I'll never forget him. I still have my "I Vote Trevor Linden for NHL Rookie of the Year" button from 1988-89 in my parents basement back in B.C. For the first time in 20 years, someone besides Linden (Marty Gelinas) will be my favourite player.
Wowzers... it had to happen sooner or later but it's still going to be a tough day tomorrow. The greatest Canuck leaving on his own terms after a career to be remembered... but without a cup. Sad... but a day to celebrate #16 for sure.
Yep, it's been a dark time here... and the weather has been rather fitting, too...
I can't wait for the offseason and free agency; much as I hope Gillis doesn't make a rash, stupid signing, I think we need one BIG acquisition to get people fired up about the Canucks again, because it doesn't get much more disappointing than the last two months have been....