Markus Naslund retires

If you haven’t already heard, long-time Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund announced his retirement on Monday. Despite what anyone says, Naslund will always be one of the greatest Canucks of all time. Just a few tidbits:

- I spoke to the Director of Sports (aka. General Manager), Fredrik Andersson, of the MODO Hockey Club of the Swedish Elite League yesterday, and he informed me that he has yet to speak with Naslund about the prospect of him joining the team. However, Andersson will be giving Naslund a call in the upcoming days to discuss his future. Andersson says if Naslund has any interest in playing for MODO, they’ll make a spot for him on the team. Naslund played with the MODO Hockey Club before he was drafted, and expressed interest earlier in his career to return to his hometown of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden to join the club again upon his retirement.

- I also interviewed Naslund’s long-time line-mate Brendan Morrison, and current Canucks prospect Michael Grabner (who roomed with Naslund at his first Canucks training camp) yesterday, about Naslund’s retirement and his career as a whole. Look out for my Markus Naslund article – and correlated audio piece – in the upcoming days, with both Morrison and Grabner’s reaction and more.

Farhan Devji
Farhan Devji is an author, journalist, and communications professional based in Ottawa. His work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Montreal Gazette. Contact him directly at fdevji@gmail.com.

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