With the Vancouver Canucks officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night, there may be an off-ice shakeup on the horizon.
TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie all tweeted on Tuesday morning that changes for the struggling franchise could be on the way sooner than later. The Canucks have been eliminated from the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Dreger and McKenzie hinted that former Canucks' captain and fan favourite Trevor Linden may be part of a new regime.
"Not sure exactly what will go down in Van today, but Trevor Linden's name is in the mix. Perhaps, Van using Sakic and Av's template," tweeted Dreger.
"Further to @DarrenDreger, nothing official yet, but sounds like Trevor Linden expected to be new president in VAN," added McKenzie.
"Hearing whispers that perhaps change is coming sooner rather than later with the Canucks, perhaps as soon as today or tomorrow..." tweeted LeBrun. "Nothing concrete as I said, but those are whispers out of Van city. Will it be the GM? or the coach? We shall see..."
Linden, however, said that he has not been approached by the Canucks' organization about a possible change.
"I haven't [spoken to the Canucks] and I think it's interesting," Linden told Global BC on Tuesday. "When teams struggle, there's lots of speculation."
Linden did add that working with the Canucks once again held some appeal.
"I've always said to people, if the opportunity is right and the time was right, I'd have to seriously consider it."
Linden would conclude the interview by stating that an announcement on his future involvement with the Canucks was "not imminent."
Down 3-0 in an eventual shutout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the lower bowl at Rogers Arena had hundreds of empty seats throughout the game, with most the fans leaving before the final buzzer went off.
The fans that did remain were chanting for Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis to be fired.
Gillis seemed to criticize the style of first-year head coach John Tortorella in a interview with TEAM 1040 Radio in Vancouver last week, saying that he wanted the team to get back to the type of game that got it to the 2011 final against the Boston Bruins.
Tortorella, who was hired by the Canucks last summer, has four years left on his contract with the club. "VAN situation is highly volatile, and also highly unpredictable," tweeted McKenzie on Tuesday. "A LOT of money involved in making changes. Lots of moving parts."