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