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
Despite his age, he is a good type of player to have around to help lead the team.
Yes, giving up a 3rd round pick could be a lot, but many of these picks never amount to anywhere near as good a player as Mayers is.
gordholio, 2008-06-24 05:21:09
The Leafs were certainly competitive when Gilmour was there (the first time around - not that pathetic comeback) and Sundin has been steadily good over his career. But the Leafs have not been "amazing" since the 1960s.
I'm sure management would love to "start now" - but this current collection simply has no idea how to go about it. Not when you give up a 3rd round pick for a 33-year-old journeyman.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-23 17:33:11
After that they may make the playoffs depending upon how the young players do.
But, the goal isn't just to make the playoffs, it's to win the Stanley Cup.
Only a good plan with good execution and player performances will give us a chance.
gordholio, 2008-06-17 01:34:37
if they draft wisely then maybe in 2014. but that is a big " if "...... in the short term I am sure that we will watch and continue to laugh
Goober, 2008-06-13 18:17:45