Harold wrote:The last time Trevor Linden scored over 20 goals in a season? Over 10 years ago. He's not a scorer anymore guys; 3rd line at best.
randymeeks wrote:What in the world was Linden doing out there late in the game with only a couple of minutes left in a tie game? He isn't great at a puck control game. He can win face-offs still. But his days as a top six forward are long gone.
Get over the love affair with Linden, fellow Canuck fans. His best days are long behind him.
MarkMM wrote:For the record, I think he's probably best suited to third/fourth-line time, but in the same way people shouldn't put him in a scoring position because he's Trevor Linden, neither should you dismiss the possibility. The litmus test should be how he's playing, and Vigneault said he'd reward people based on their performance. Perhaps AV felt that Linden was one of the more effective players out there today and he went with that, I wouldn't argue that call, Linden did seem to be one of the more noticeable players tonight
MarkMM wrote:Harold wrote:The last time Trevor Linden scored over 20 goals in a season? Over 10 years ago. He's not a scorer anymore guys; 3rd line at best.
Last time he was put in a scoring role consistently? Probably about 10 years ago, I do agree, that he probably is more of a third-liner, but for now, I don't see the harm in trying him out, regardless of his stats, his assets MIGHT be appropriate to what we need.
Island Nucklehead wrote:Putting Linden on the 2nd line might work for a game or two, but I don't think he can handle second line minutes for a whole season, he's at the stage where his carreer is winding down and he needs the 3rd/4th line minutes.
ClamRussel wrote:Island Nucklehead wrote:Putting Linden on the 2nd line might work for a game or two, but I don't think he can handle second line minutes for a whole season, he's at the stage where his carreer is winding down and he needs the 3rd/4th line minutes.
This is *exactly* the type of thinking that is keeping Linden OFF the 2nd line. Its closed mindedness. If this type of logic was used last year in Carolina, Brind'Amour would never have emerged like he did. Now I'm not saying Linden is going to bounce back into a Conn Smythe candidate...but surely he can have BETTER season if given a CHANCE. If you don't believe me, look at Brind'Amour's numbers the past few years...all indications were it was over & he was overpaid. 56, 55, 37, 38 and then 70 out of the blue! Who could have predicted he was any more than a 35 pt player at that stage of his career.....my point is never write a guy off when he looks rejuvinated like TL does right now. What gets me is Vaigneault said he was wiping the slate clean and not coming in w/ preconceived perceptions....apparently not the case. If Kesler doesn't work out then Linden better get a shot, it only makes sense. Linden's skating looks great, the passing is solid, he's BIG and has very good positioning & hockey sense....he will never hurt the team defensively. Sometimes these over the hill types have a way of bouncing back in a surprising way.