Linden just an interested observer

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012

"At that point, (the scrapping of the season) didn't shock me," Linden said. "It was a massive philosophical divide. It was a huge philosophical divide on the economics of the game. ... This isn't."

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.