As much as I love Linden as a player and as captain, I am not sure if he would make a good GM.
I wasn't the first to suggest Linden for GM. Before Gillis was hired, I heard a few people calling for Linden to take the post, which at the time I disagreed with. It didn't make sense to have a retiring player suddenly take the post, so I thought.
A few years down the road, the personality and character of the team was beginning to erode. Players were sold off and those who remained were disconnected from the fans. The gall that really got me was Hodgson's trading (preceeded by Mitchell not being re-signed among other moves). That's when I decided, give TL a second look, and sure enough, the man actually can run a team. On top of being a player, I recalled he was president of the NHLPA for eight years, involved in a lot of negotiations and organizational discussions. He knows enough to run the club. And now, with things spiralling out of control for the team, I believe it's time for him to take the reins over.
Vancouver is a tough market,fans and media are impatient..They would not have the patience to have a guy 'learn on the job'.Even Trevor Linden.Team Canada is not the NHL..you dont have to trade,draft,sign etcI am a Linden fan,but not as an NHL GM
I don't remember anyone harping on Pat Quinn when things were going awry after the 1994 paramount. People back then stood behind him - until he was fired for not seeing eye-to-eye with McCaw.
Linden can buy breathing room by maintaining positive PR, being honest with the fans over the state of the team, good or bad, and then assuring them he'll do everything possible to win. People can forgive him even if things start slow for a year or two - I certainly would, as long he can still revive the team's character and desire to win and win for the fans, for the city, not simply for themselves. We know he'll certainly care a lot more than Gillis, because he is one of us and he has that fire and determination to win. He just needs to take his talents back to False Creek and rejoin the Vancouver Canucks.
If not Linden, then perhaps Smyl could take the job - at least he has front office and coaching experience. Won't make a good coach though, based on what others said, unless he grew more since.