Linden traded to Canucks

Trevor Linden has come full circle.

The veteran forward has been traded from the Washington Capitals to the Vancouver Canucks for a first-round draft pick in 2002.

The Canucks also get a second-round 2002 pick from the Capitals for their third-round selection in 2002 or 2003, with Washington deciding in which year to complete the deal.

Linden, a former Canucks captain, began his NHL career in Vancouver and led the Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals in 1994.

"It's a place I call home and I definitely look forward to getting back," said Linden, 31.

The Medicine Hat, Alta., native was drafted second overall by Vancouver in 1988 and played nine and a half seasons with the Canucks before being traded to the New York Islanders midway through the 1997-98 campaign.

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

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

Vancouver general manager Brian Burke said that he has been actively pursuing Linden for a while and is happy to finally have him on the Canucks' roster.

"Trevor brings several things to the party," Vancouver GM Brian Burke said. "One is reliability, another is versatility and another is leadership."

Injuries have slowed Linden's offensive production the past few years. In 16 games this season, Linden has one goal and two assists.

In 944 career games, Linden has 703 points including 304 goals.

The former Canadian Olympian has six 30-goal seasons, all with the Canucks.