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Was signing Sundin a good move?
Tue, June 12, 2007

Mats Sundin will remain with the Toronto Maple Leafs for one more season.

The Leafs captain signed a one-year contract worth US$5.5 million on Tuesday, raising questions about Sundin's future with the organization.

Was this a prudent move by the Maple Leafs? Do they move their team leader at or before the trade deadline if the club is on the outside looking in concerning the Eastern playoff standings?

Have your say in our forum.

Sundin opts for one-year deal



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NO I would trade him. He gets to much money for the work he does. He is NOT a good team leader and looses his cool real quick. He is NOT a good team player, he thinks he can do it all by himself. Bye Sundin.....
Randy, 2007-05-13 08:04:14

Yes, I'm a Leafs fan and always have been BUT... the Leafs will never win the cup as long as they have players that are mediocre at best, and I include Sundin in that grouping.

Yes, Sundin's stats are relatively good but they're not great. He's a players player, but he's not a captain. I never agreed with him being given the 'C' and I believe his removal as captain and/or a trade is long overdue.

However, Sundin is not the only issue the Leafs have. Most of their players are inconsistent.... McCabe, Andripov, Raycroft, Kaberle, Sundin to name but a few. They have one player who I feel is relatively consistent throughout the year (when healthy) and that's Tucker and he's at or near the end of his career.

To top things off you need to look at the top and start there when placing blame. JFJr has to go. He hasn't made any truly successful moves to date. He's arrogant and self-absorbed and doesn't have the right attitude to manage and work at team such as the Leafs in a city that is dying for a winning team.

Big changes need to happen starting from the top down. A mass trade-off in players needs to occur this summer and the organization needs to spend some serious money on some serious players.

However, they do have players who, I believe, haven't reached or shown their tue potential. Colaiacovo, Wellwood, and Stajan played some great hockey when they played junior and I think will make up an important part of the future Leafs team, if they can stay on the bench and not on the injury list.

So, it's time for Sundin to go or, if it's something that can be considered, remove the 'C' from his shirt. Bring in a new GM, new, experienced coaching staff, some high end talented scoring players, effective, experienced blue-liners, and for criminies sake, get two good goalies because the current defenders of the twine just don't cut it!

I don't just want to see the Leafs win, I want to see them win consistently and finally EARN some respect in the league.
Kevin, 2007-05-13 07:45:11

Why has Sundin been a leaf for so long? Who else would pay him that kind of money for 80 points a year?
Jim, 2007-05-13 05:55:41

time for sundin to go. I would love him to stay in TO, but not for 5 or 6mil. per year. 2-3 is more like it. He is too old to build a team around. Spend the money on R. Smyth and D. Heatly. Or maybe paul Karia and todd Bertuzzi.

If and when this team is a legitimate contender, Sundin will be long retired.
spankey, 2007-05-13 01:26:04

The Leafs are a lost cause. Keep Sundin at reduced price and if he truly loves it there he will take it. The leafs have no trade bait except maybe Tucker and what will they get for him? McCabe no one will touch him for that salary. So suck it up and enjoy the next 5 losing seasons.
Mike, 2007-05-12 23:29:15

To get some info a little closer here, Vancouver Canucks have not been in the NHL for all of the 92 years, it was the Vancouver Millionaires!!! Nor has Ottawa for 80 years. The old Vancouver team did win the Stanly Cup, but there was no team until the the 1970 season! And a similar story with Ottawa!
MIKE, 2007-05-12 17:40:13

Keep Sundin and get rid of GM Ferguson!
Don, 2007-05-12 17:15:34

The Leafs have to do something to spark some enthusiasm for the fans. The same old crew just is not cutting it. Get some flashy players and get rid of the old men.
robert van hoorn, 2007-05-12 16:10:43

The Toronto Maple Leafs will never win the Stanley Cup until their fans stop trashing them every time the franchise hits a few bumps, or while their players get bashed for slumping as every player will do from time to time.

The only players who are perfectly consistent are the ones who are consistently mediocre.

There are 30 teams in the league. That means, on average, a team can expect to win the cup once every 30 years. Ottawa hasn't won the cup in 80 years, Vancouver in 92.

Leaf fans: Get OVER it.
HockeyFan, 2007-05-11 19:46:08

Its an easy answer... Hire a REAL General Manager and let HIM decide.. Success starts from the top. --Bc
Brian Colangelo, 2007-05-11 18:01:32

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