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02-21-2013, 09:19 PM
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What's so good about Trevor Linden?

Hi guys.

I could of asked this in Canucks section of HF but I want a opinion from fans of other teams, not just Canucks fans.

What's so good about him?

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His leadership, determination, consistency and demonstrated integrity and heart.

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You kinda have to ask Canuck fans.

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the best way to explain it is:

he was the canucks daniel alfredsson
but not quite as good
and he was traded
but then he came back.

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Uh, he's a good brother and he likes rollerblading?





Seriously: smart guy, good community guy, well respected player.

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He peaked young and was never a high scorer, but led the Canucks to the Finals and he busted his ass at both ends of the rink. Off the ice he was pretty much a saint. I personally witnessed him give his cell number to dad of a girl in a wheelchair with the intention of setting them up with box seats. He was a really good prarire boy at all times and that more than anything made him a legend in Vancouver.

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the best way to explain it is:

he was the canucks daniel alfredsson
but not quite as good
and he was traded
but then he came back.
He was an absolute warrior in the 94 playoffs and led the team to game 7 of the finals by example. He played with broken ribs, and even after he was targeted and smashed in his broken ribs with a crosscheck by Messier.

He also made one of the most dramatic hits ever.


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He's terrible. I mean, when was the last time he put up decent numbers?

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Well for one, he turned in to a hipster.

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He's terrible. I mean, when was the last time he put up decent numbers?
Got to be a few years by now.

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what?
You posted it on the main board which is generally current affairs in the NHL. It seemed random.

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Im not so high on Linden as most Canucks fans.

I bought a membership for the local Club16 fitness, it was always crowded and all the girls would laugh as they walked past me while I struggled to bench the lone bar.

**** Linden and his demasculating environment.

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Im not so high on Linden as most Canucks fans.

I bought a membership for the local Club16 fitness, it was always crowded and all the girls would laugh as they walked past me while I struggled to bench the lone bar.

**** Linden and his demasculating environment.

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Combine and average out the skills and attributes of Adam Graves, Wendel Clark, and Ryan Smyth, make him a center with good faceoff ability, and give him the durability they often lacked. Then you'd have Trevor Linden, complete with the excessive love from the fanbase of the city where he played his best games.

The best player of this bunch, but I do think he has that in common with all of them.


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Imagine what Conroy was to the Flames, then multiply it by 2.

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Well for one, he turned in to a hipster.
I know he's a shill for a glasses company now, but I didn't expect this. Yikes!

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What's so good about Trevor Linden?
This again? Trevor Linden was a very good player who raised his game in the playoffs. That's one reason most fans in Vancouver loves him. Look at his playoff numbers his first stay in Vancouver. 80 points in 79 games. That's PPG, something he never was in the regular season. He was also captain nice guy and leader of the team in the early 90s when the team went from the gutter and became better and better in the early Bure era which resulted in Division titles and the 94 playoffs.

Look, no one is saying Linden was ever a Hall of Fame talent or elite at his position, but he was a good first line center or winger, even very good at his best. He was a heart and soul player, physical and a consistent goal scorer. I guess you can compare him somewhat to Dustin Brown, except Linden wasn't a dirty diver. Or a lesser version of Jonathan Toews.

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Combine and average out the skills and attributes of Adam Graves, Wendel Clark, and Ryan Smyth, make him a center with good faceoff ability, and give him the durability they often lacked. Then you'd have Trevor Linden, complete with the excessive love from the database of the city where he played his best games.

The best player of this bunch, but I do think he has that in common with all of them.
i think the key difference is that when linden was the best canuck, they could still make the second round of the playoffs. and he carried that team, with obviously excellent goaltending from mclean, for good parts of the '94 finals run. he wasn't a franchise player, but he was a guy you could build at least an average team around. graves, clark, and smyth i have nothing but the highest regard for, but they were excellent complementary players. without messier, gilmour, and weight respectively, you couldn't count on those guys to carry an offense. if you put any of those guys on a first line with cliff ronning and counted on that line to lead your team, that's a lottery team.

nor did clark or smyth have anything close to the defensive ability of linden, while graves was good but not at the same level. leadership is right there though.

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He peaked young and was never a high scorer, but led the Canucks to the Finals and he busted his ass at both ends of the rink. Off the ice he was pretty much a saint. I personally witnessed him give his cell number to dad of a girl in a wheelchair with the intention of setting them up with box seats. He was a really good prarire boy at all times and that more than anything made him a legend in Vancouver.
this is basically it. he was a very good and well loved player, but he was and remains an exceptional person and citizen and that's why he's so universally adored... even for those among us, like myself, who often ('94 excepted of course) thought he could have done more on the ice.

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I think to truly see what Linden did for the Canucks is to go back to 07 against Dallas in the playoffs when the team forgot how to score after game 4, he literally carried them on his back in game 7 which seemed to defy logic considering his age and apparent diminished ability. Linden is one of those guys who is completely underrated when it comes to clutch time and if i was picking a team on game 7 alone, Linden would be on my team. A man who did more for the community than entire teams do these days. Probably the nicest guy not in the Hall, and for that reason alone Ithink he should be there cause it shouldn't just be about the points, but about the man as well. If you want to know why Canucks fans hate Messier so much, it's because he "replaced" this
man.

Lets not forget either that he basically sacrificed himself to end the lockout in 05, anyone who was pro owner then owes a debt of gratitude to Linden and a big fu to Lindros and the other pa hard liners.


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Always liked Linden. As a Leaf fan I was even sad to see him leave Vancouver. I guess because I can relate to Canucks fans in that way because of the same adoration we have for Wendel Clark. Linden was a classy guy too. Clean player, good at both ends of the rink. Sort of turned into a role player after 1996 for whatever reason. He collided with John Leclair and ended his ironman streak. Linden was a guy you could have seen taking a serious run at Doug Jarvis' consecutive game record.

I also felt he was a guy who just didn't fit in well with the NHLPA. Not saying he didn't do his part, but like Mike Gartner the guy was the nicest human being out there and both were heavily involved in the NHLPA in their careers. Linden got called a lot of nasty things during that lockout which is too bad.

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He is the NHL's leading all-time goal scorer in Game 7s. He has 7 game 7 goals - which is impressive considering that he did it in in only 124 playoff games.


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The is the NHL's leading all-time goal scorer in Game 7s. He has 7 game 7 goals - which is impressive considering that he did it in in only 124 playoff games.
That's the beautiful part about being a sports fan...everyone places greater value on different things.

I think that is an amazing stat.
Some people (most???) would take a 35 goal/ 80-90 point guy that disappeared in the playoffs over a guy like Linden that showed up when it mattered most.

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