Canucks reacquire Linden from Capitals

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks reacquired former captain Trevor Linden from the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Vancouver also received a second-round draft pick in 2002 or 2003 for the Capitals' first-round pick in 2002 and a third-rounder in 2003.

''The way the club's been performing, we had to start making some changes,'' Washington general manager George McPhee said. ''I think everyone knows it's all about performance, and if you're not performing, changes have to be made.''

In 16 games this season, Linden has one goal and two assists.

The 31-year-old center is in the third year of a four-year contract that pays him $4 million this season and $4.5 million next year.

Linden was drafted second overall by the Canucks in 1988, and began his NHL career that autumn. He scored 30 or more goals in six of his seasons in Vancouver.

He was in his 10th season with the Canucks when they traded him to the New York Islanders.

Montreal acquired him in 1999, and the Canadiens traded him to Washington last March in a multiplayer deal.

He had three goals and one assist in 12 games with the Capitals last season, adding four assists in six playoff games against Pittsburgh.

Earlier Saturday, Washington recalled defenseman Jakub Cutta and right wing Stephen Peat from its Portland AHL farm club.

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