Linden to stick around

Trevor Linden will play another year in the NHL, sticking with the Vancouver Canucks. (Sun...

Trevor Linden will play another year in the NHL, sticking with the Vancouver Canucks. (Sun File/Veronica Henri)

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Trevor Linden is back for another Vancouver Canucks season, but he won't say if it's his last.

"I always thought something would get done," Linden said about his new $600,000 one-year contract, which was announced yesterday.

Linden admitted retirement crossed his mind, but "I felt the right thing to do was come back and play."

This will be the 37-year-old ex-captain's 19th NHL season and 16th with Vancouver, which drafted him in 1988's first round. He's the all-time club leader in games (1,081), points (721) and playoff games (118) and needs one playoff goal to eclipse Pavel Bure's club record 34.

Though Linden was supposed to see less playing time last year, he ended up in 92 regular season and playoff games and sometimes outperformed captain Markus Naslund.

"I'm gong to prepare myself to play well and to help this team win," Linden said. "Your role changes throughout the course of a season."

Mountain biking dominated Linden's off-season training regimen. He raced part of the inaugural B.C. Bike Race and then did the entire eight-stage Transalp race in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. 


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