TORONTO -- Trevor Linden isn't about to shed any tears for ex-teammate Corey Hirsch.
While the former Canucks goaltender caused a stir on the weekend by calling NHL players in Europe "scabs" in a column he wrote for Sun Media, Linden, the president of the Players' Association, wasn't about to apologize.
"Guys in Europe take NHLers jobs and obviously owners in Europe and fans in Europe are enjoying the chance to see the best players in the world," Linden said following yesterday's union meeting in Toronto. "Unfortunately, guys in North America don't have a chance to play right now.
"Corey went there three years ago and took somebody's job. That's the way the game works. It could happen to me. It could happen to every player."
Linden said the union is encouraging players to play in Europe since the NHL isn't open for business.
"Guys are locked out. If guys are on strike I think they should stick together. If you're denied the opportunity to make a living, you've got to do what's right for you. Hockey is a game that's competitive.
"Guys have had to fight for their jobs in major junior and college. That's just the way that it is," said Linden.