2014 has marked the beginning of arguably the franchise’s biggest face running the Vancouver Canucks as Trevor Linden’s era as team president began this offseason, but recently another Canucks legend admitted to discussing the potential possibility of returning to the Canucks in a management role as Markus Naslund told Swedish media that he has spoken with Linden about options surrounding working for the team.
The Score reported a Naslund interview with a Swedish newspaper in which Naslund discussed at length the possibility of a move back into the NHL in a front office, talking about meetings he has had with Linden about options surrounding joining the rebuilding process in Vancouver. A process that Naslund is qualified for after coming in and helping Swedish club Modo avoid relegation during his first executive job on his resume.
From The Score:
When former Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund resigned as the general manager of Örnsköldsvik-based SHL club Modo this past spring, there was some speculation that he might join Vancouver’s management team. Naslund was quick to deny those rumors and even denied being in Vancouver, where he was frequently spotted around town.
As it turns out, Naslund did talk with his former teammate and current Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden and even confirmed that there was some talk – albeit informal, preliminary talk – about joining Vancouver’s new-look management team.
“I had some contact with Trevor, but not more than that he wanted to discuss some stuff with me (informally),” said the former Canucks captain of his conversations with his former teammate (and fellow former Canucks captain) in an interview with Jonatan Lindquist of Expressen.
“Earlier there was talk about (finding a management role in Vancouver), but I don’t feel ready for that. If I would decide to work in hockey, it should be with all of my heart, I can’t do anything at 50 per cent.”
Naslund continued by saying the biggest obstacle would be weighing the decision between continuing his hockey career in a front office in North America or being close to his family back home in Sweden, something that has a big factor in any career decision the Canucks legend makes nowadays.
“But then you have to weigh that against everything else. If I’m gonna work with hockey it’s probably gonna be something over there. Sure, I can work as a scout here but it will likely mean that I move,” Naslund said according to The Score.
“Is it worth it when you have kids [who] have made their roots here, with friends, school and the community? Only for me to get a chance to fulfill my dream when I’ve been living that life for so many years. Now, I’m not saying that my family is stopping me in any way, but sometimes I get a bit of bad conscience over the fact that it’s always on my terms.”
It will be interesting to see if Naslund does join the Canucks in some aspect, perhaps in a role as a director of European scouting to start off to keep him closer to home if Linden wants to get him involved with the franchise. It appears that the door is open for Naslund to come back to Vancouver, but the question will be if Naslund himself wants to come back from Europe to work in a front office capacity.