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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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I believe it is time for Mats to part. Not to take away from his skills but he throws the balance off we played better as a team when he was injured usually. When he comes back we always go through a losing skid. He is paid a lot of money for 30 or so goals. He has never came up big for the Leafs. At the Worlds and Olympics and AllStars yes but think about it when we really need him to come through NOT. Lets get some room under the cap. Time to move on. We need a Canadian as Captain before the Leafs will win big again.
Brewster, 2007-05-10 08:18:19

The question should be...At what price to the Leafs keep Sundin?

For $3-4 yes. For $6-7+ no way.

We'll see what his intentions are soon enough.

Money or Team.
TC, 2007-05-10 08:17:41

With all due respect to RM, the arguments he puts forward with a view to retaining Sundin are based upon history. The bottom line is, he will be 37 next season and skating with a bum hip. To continue to pay him in the $6.5 million range would be idiotic.

Now, if he were to accept a 2 year deal,with a 3rd year option, paying him a diminishing contract in the area if $3.75, 3.5 and 3 that would free up the necessary cash to bring in a couple of capable UFA wingers. Otherwise, JFJ's hands are tied and you can forget about a Gomez-type player.

Besides, why would Gomez go to Toronto under any circumstances when there will be better options leading to a potential cup win? The team he'd be leaving is better in goal, better in D, and better up front than the Leafs - and they are sorely lacking the necessary ingredients to win.

Retaining Sundin at his current salary means at least 4 more years of struggling to make the playoffs. Getting him to accept a significantly lesser salary and bringing in the support of two capable wingers shortens that to maybe 2. Letting him walk and spending the money wisely on young UFA forwards might get them in the Top 8 next year. But they will still have that hopeless D and shaky goaltending because they simply cannot fill all their needs with the salary limitations facing them.


George O'Leary, 2007-05-10 08:06:21

Sure keep Sundin but not at 6 mil. 2.5 mil maybe. Good player but not worth the huge bucks.
B, 2007-05-10 07:57:20

Mats Sundin is still a good player but if he expects 7 million a year he has to play. Mats is going to be out with more injuries and it takes him a long time after injuries to start producing. His last 18 games of the season should prove that he has lost his stuff. I would offer him 1 million a year with scoring bonus. I'd like to see him get more than that elswhere. Sorry Mats but Toronto needs someone young who can be a strong leader. If you really want to keep Mats in Toronto, offer him a coaching job.
Denis Liboiron, 2007-05-10 06:44:16

I think they should sign him asap, with Mats leading the way the Leafs will continue the streak that they are most famous for - ineptitude! Come on Mats lead them to 50 years without a cup. Can't wait to see the big splash for that anniversary. Toronto Maple Leafs - Losers since 67
rick barron, 2007-05-10 06:22:25

wake up and realize that without mats, we are nothing. look at every team out there. most have atleast 3 superstar type players. Ottawa - heatley,alfred,spezza

sharks - thornton cheechoo marleau,

detroit - datsyuk,lidstrom,zettder

buffalo - drury,briere,vanek

tampa - lecavalier,stlouis,richards

the list goes on and on

lets face, put any 2 of those players next to mats and we are dynamite.

leafs - sundin, ummm maybe maybe tucker, ummm ya

GO LEAFS GO

MATS IS A LEAFS FOREVER FACE IT, BLAME JFJ AND THE GREEDY ORGANIZATION
Sasho, 2007-05-10 03:36:21

You naysayers have no clue. He's a world class player that is a total workhorse for this franchise. Played in 70 games for the past how many seasons? Always puts up the numbers and is the leading scorer on the team. Every shift he hustles, BOTH WAYS.

Who was the guy that said the Clark trade for Sundin was a waste? You must be joking.... No disrespect to Wendel, but he never played as well as he did right before he was traded. Talk about perfect timing. We struck while the iron was hot, and picked up a 25 year old franchise player.

Here's a question for you: in the past 10 years since Mats has been on the team, name a single player that was better, or has developed into a better player. The only guy that might be mentioned is Steve Sullivan who took 3 years of first line center time in Chicago to mature. I would propose that this was the only scenario that made Sully into the player he is today. (again, according to naysayers he still hasn't got a cup, so he must be no better than Sundin).

And look at who Sully plays with now.... Kariya and Forsberg.... Can you imagine the depth you would have here in Toronto with those two?

The fact is that one player does not make a cup contender. (Sidney, Jaromir, Naslund, Jarome, Thornton, Smyth, Lecavalier, Brodeur) But you need a top notch player to build around - JFJ just hasn't built it around him. Who's he got?

And who questioned his leadership? In the tempest that is Toronto, he has done no wrong. He is a quiet leader that does it by example.

You naysayers are way off the mark. Mats is a star player and will get 70 points next year. IF you added Gomez, or another winger, Mats may be in the 80-100 point range.
RM, 2007-05-10 01:50:08

Not Sundin's fault! He did his job well. Just other players and goalie's fault.. NO SPEED! Everyone wants a better team so Get rid of General Manager John Ferguson!!!!!!! GET HIM OUT! He is bad at taking cheap players and doesn't know how to the pick best speed players! Will he get Smyth? Gomez? what other good players will be free agents??? Let see what he doing right now! I am sure he will retire in Leafs Nation!
Mallach, 2007-05-09 23:12:25

Trade him to Detroit.

Give him a chance to win a Cup.

Get some great prospects or players...hint a better goalie would be nice.

Tank the team for a year or two, (you've already done it for two years now, but without getting any top draft picks - what's to hurt getting two more bad years, but getting Tavares or someone else that good.) That's the right move.
mike, 2007-05-09 22:08:25

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