Former Canucks star returns to Vancouver

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In 2008, Trevor Linden donned the Vancouver Canucks' sweater for the final time.

Today, he was reintroduced as a member of the team he captained to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, this time as the President of Hockey operations.

"I'm young, I'm passionate about this team, and I want to win, just like the Canucks fans do," Linden said at his introductory press conference.

Linden succeeds Mike Gillis, who was fired earlier in the week.

The 43-year-old was asked about the status of head coach John Torterella, who is at the end of his first season in Vancouver.

"The timing of this allows me to fully evaluate the coaching staff."

"Any sort of coaching decision will be made in due time, after thorough evaluation."

Vancouver made the playoffs in each of its first five seasons under Gillis, including an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, but missed the playoffs this season.

Linden, affectionately known as "Captain Canuck", is the team's all time leader in games played, and ranks second in goals and third in assists. 

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