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Social media tsunami greets Linden’s arrival 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Trevor Linden, (left) during a press conference in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday April 9, 2014. The Vancouver Canucks announce Trevor Linden as President of Hockey Operations. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Trevor Linden, (left) during a press conference in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday April 9, 2014. The Vancouver Canucks announce Trevor Linden as President of Hockey Operations. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

When former Canucks GM Dave Nonis was let go, it caused a sizeable ripple through social media in Vancouver.

Six years later, Mike Gillis is shown the door and in the matter of minutes that ripple has grown to a full-on tsunami of fan reaction.

Enter new team president Trevor Linden and suddenly we've got the same wave that crushed Tea Leoni and her old man in Deep Impact.

Canucks fans and media immediately weighed in on the hiring of the new boss. Including myself.

@gutsmctavish24: Sinking franchise hires the one man many believe can walk on water. The honeymoon clock starts now.

I've made it fairly clear in this column that I believe the next few seasons are likely to be at best mediocre ones. There are just too many teams that are entering their Stanley Cup window of opportunity. It's a massive ask to turn the clock back on this team. There will be some pain to endure first.

@Gladaman: I think it'd be great if Linden has the chance to rebuild the Canucks, winning their first Stanley Cup in 2016! ... it's destiny!

I think someone may need to make an appointment with Clearly Contacts to have his rose-coloured glasses adjusted.

@wordsleadmeon: Okay, Vancouver, reality check: We all love Linden, but he is NOT magic. Don't expect an instant fix. It's a long road. #canucks

Look, there is no room here for common sense. Oh Twitter.

@Richard32204065: @VanCanucks Mr. Pat Quinn and Trevor Linden would be the route to the cup in one season...

Sigh.

Eventually, like most NHL presidents, once his GM is in place his name will begin to fade from the day-to-day headlines as he settles into his role. A role that quite frankly will be fairly uneventful to follow.

 

 

 

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