Vancouver Canucks President Trevor Linden joined Matt Sekeres live in studio on Tuesday continuing with President’s week on the TEAM1040 Midday Show.
Linden shared his thoughts on his desire to get back into the game after years of enjoying traveling around the world and dealing with many other business ventures since his NHL retirement with the Canuck in 2008.
The President also spoke about the Canucks exciting young prospect pool that has been built up over the last couple of seasons and why the club is choosing to re-tool the roster rather than going through a total re-build.
Now as for the players that are here from last year's team, Linden says they can be better.
"I think we obviously had some players really under perform last year that I think they can be better. I think we need to recapture those guys and it's going to come down to how they're coached, the philosophy they take in," he explained. "I think [this season] we're going to be a deeper team upfront. I think we've gotten younger. I think we've gotten quicker. I think we've added some people that can be identified as playing a significant role."
This offseason, the Canucks signed Zack Kassian to two-year deal, and Linden expects a lot from the 23-year-old.
"I think that it's important for Zack to not think about 'top six, bottom six, first line, second line, third line' but he needs to think about becoming a complete player. We need Zack to think about playing tough, hard, between the whistles and about setting the tone each and every night with his physicality."
Linden also hinted that fans should expect changes to the in game arena experience which should include different music choices and better food options at concession stands.
Linden's full TEAM1040 segment with Matt Sekeres: