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Will you cheer or jeer Sundin?
Wed, January 7, 2009

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

The world's most expensive hockey rental player, the subject of one of the sorriest "national" sports soap operas of all time, is going to be a major event here tonight, a feature photo-op of this entire NHL season.

Mats Sundin, after practice in Vancouver, gave himself the green light, boarded the flight and arrived here yesterday with the Canucks preparing to play in tonight's tilt against the Edmonton Oilers.

Will you cheer or jeer Sundin's return to the NHL? Have your say in our forum.

Sundin could make Canucks debut against Oilers



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Good bye and Farwell LOOSER...
Kelsey, 2008-12-21 07:13:39

Who is Sundin?
dennis, 2008-12-21 05:45:18

Sundin supposedly didn't want to be a rent a player. But what is he now? He supposedly was loyal to the Leafs. It seems to me that loyalty to the Leafs would have meant taking a trade last year to help the leafs rebuild and then returning home this year as a discount free agent. Why wouldn't he waive the no trade clause? It seems clear he was showing the world who was important: him not the team. The Toronto press seems to think that because you have the right to do something you should be praised for exercising this right, like the spoiled kid who takes his ball home because he can't get his own way. How could anyone with an ounce of common sense feel that Sundin should be welcomed back home on his return in February. Toronto was never his home. His heart was never in Toronto. He had 70 million reasons for being in Toronto for 13 seasons, but he never was truly a Leaf. Let Vancouver retire #13.
Fred, 2008-12-20 23:28:32

I have been a Leaf fan for as long as I have been a fan. He told us he didn't like the idea of going to a team in midseason, he went to Vancouver in mid-season. He said it wasn't about money, he signs with the highest bidder. He has been a positive influence within the city and with organizations, noone can dispute that. But don't go out with a bunch of lies. Think of how much better our beloved team could be had he allowed himself to be traded!
Rolly Arseneault, 2008-12-20 22:42:15

Did anyone ever listen to to what the man had to say? He never wanted the Stanley Cup as badly as any average Canadian kid, player or fan. He just never did. And he was captain in Toronto because he was the best player, that's all. With him as captain, the Leafs would never have won the cup, even if he was surrounded by talent. So, let's all move on. He was what he was, the Leafs are better off now, and Mats is happy. A win-win I say.
Amused, 2008-12-20 21:17:20

He is a lying sack of crap. Totally screwed the Leafs over and sold himself to the highest bidder. He is a disgrace to team players everywhere. I hope he fails dismally
dave, 2008-12-20 19:31:43

I thought that Sundin making that move was the smartest move of his carrer because lets face it i like the leafs and i wont stop liking then but they wont be winning the stanley cup any time soon.
Freddy, 2008-12-20 17:48:53

I'm a life-ling leaf fan - i've watched hockey since i can remember and Mats has been the capitan of the leafs since I can remember. I would never consider feeling betrayed by Mats simply because of all that he did for the Leafs and more importantly the city of Toronto. Everyone has forgotten the community work he did for Toronto. Too me he was the definition of a capitan. I would never consider him a trator - and I know anyone the Leafs could of gotten would never equal his value to the Leafs and Toronto - so don't bash his character, i'd say hes earned every right to make up his own mind. the sad part now is all the effort he put in the city has seemingly been pushed aside for an even bigger ego - Leafs Nation.
dan r, 2008-12-20 17:11:42

I was a diehard Leaf fan until the lockout. I'm still a Leaf fan but not a hockey fan. I have not watched a game since then because of the greed on both sides. Mat Sundin never did show or have the ability to lead the team. This whole thing about where he will sign was worse than a bad soap opera. Just another reason for me not to watch a game. Rick M.
Rick M., 2008-12-20 16:43:45

At last Mats will hopefully have some talented wingers to play with. Now I look forward to the "second" HNIC game when the Canucks will be playing...just to see how well he will do with some real teammates! If the Leafs wanted to trade Mats last year, they should have asked him behind closed doors. If the answer was no, then move on. The Leafs management were the ones who signed a long list of players to "no-trade" clauses and then turned around and made the players out to be the "bad guys" at the trade deadline. The Leafs organization made the offers they later regretted, so let them pay the price for their own stupidity. Why should have Mats and the rest of the players bailed them out? It will be a long,long time, before anyone replaces Sundin's skill, long service, points totals, and leadership. Go Mats go...it will be nice to see you in the playoffs for a change!!! Playing anywhere but Toronto was the right move for him.
PR, 2008-12-20 16:07:04

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