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Mar 17, 2014

Canucks Rumors: Could Markus Naslund be the answer

By on 9:00 AM

There is speculation in and around the Vancouver Canucks that the franchise leader in goals scored, could be on his way to town, to join the Canucks organization, in a management capacity. The question that arises is what position within the front office would Markus Naslund be brought in to fill.

If reports out of both Pittsburgh and Boston, are to be believed, and the Aquilini brother, who own the club, stepped in and blocked the trades of Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler, at the trade deadline, then ther have to be questions as to whether current general manager Mike Gillis continues to have any control of the roster, and if not, could Naslund be brought in as a replacement for Gillis.

With Naslund being a former client of Gillis, when he was a player agent, it would seem unlikely that Naslund would consider coming in as a replacement for his former agent, but then again Naslund has just resigned as the general manager of MoDo of the Swedish Elite League, so the possibility is not as far fetched as it may seem on the outside.

Naslund has turned down National Hockey League opportunities over the last couple of years, from a few clubs, to join their organizations, in a number of capacities, but could general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, be the job that brings Naslund back to the National Hockey League?

The Canucks will have to make some serious decisions at the end of this season, as to their direction moving forward, and who will be setting that direction. Gillis could easily be moved upstairs to make way for Naslund to take control of the roster, and be the man to determine the fate of head coach John Tortolella. If a new general manager were to relieve Tortorella of his duties, there would be less talk of his not being the right hire for the club, but just a new GM wanting his own guy in that position.


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