The NHLPA, now led by Donald Fehr, no longer has a player who serves as president. The organization has been restructured and, from the players' perspective, is led by a negotiation committee that consists of representatives from all teams.
But if Linden had to reprise his role in negotiations, he would.
"It's one of those things, if I had it to do over again, I'd definitely be involved," he said. "As hard as it was, I enjoyed being part of it and understanding the business of hockey. "It was a difficult time, but I enjoyed being part of the process."
Since his retirement, the 42-year-old Linden has stayed outside the game, pursuing business interests that include a chain of fitness centers and real estate development while also taking part in speaking engagements and many charitable activities.