On one hand, Ron Wilson said he respects Sundin for not rushing back if he is unsure whether or not he wants to play -- adding that he would welcome back the longtime Leafs captain with open arms.
On the other hand, Wilson suggested that one of the problems with the sad-sack Leafs last year was a distinct lack of leadership.
And you don't have to be Howie Meeker to connect the dots there, that leadership is supposed to be one of the major responsibilities of the team captain.
Is Wilson right about the Leafs recent poor form?
Full story: Wilson suggests Mats was part of the problem
He's got to hope that a nobody or a committee of nobodys steps up and give the team the leadership it needs to make it through a
season of crap.
Until the Leafs are drafting and developing good young talent - and setting-up the team rather than trading them away for more nobodys or has-beens or over-hyped wanna bees who are disguised as over paid nobodys, they are not going anywhere. This has been the same story almost year in and year out for the last 40 years.
Toronto, if your dreaming about a Stanley Cup parade anytime soon - 2 words -
draft and develop. It's painful - but done right,
you can build a team that will win for a long time.
One more thing - Don't DISS Saku Koivu. Koivu played through many seasons with mediocre teams, missing another center who could help him,
a power forward or a real enforcer to protect him.
As the team captain, he's put up and shone through both personal and team issues.
He's respected by his teammates, and adored by Montreal fans, even though part of Montreal's media is on a constant crusade to discredit him because he doesn't speak french.
He's finally surrounded with great talent and role players - and he should enjoy it. GO HABS GO !!!
Andy V., 2008-09-05 19:37:36