Sundin gets support

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Darryl Sittler figures Mats Sundin will join him in the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.

With Mark Messier, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis and Ron Francis being inducted into the Hall tonight, Sittler, a Hall of Famer himself, was asked about Sundin's chances to do the same somewhere down the road.

"Definitely. No doubt about it,"Sittler told Paul Grant of ESPN.com yesterday.

Sittler feels Sundin's credentials speak for themselves.

"He's got over 1,300 points. He's had a long career. He's won a couple of gold medals over in Sweden and he's been a consistent player," Sittler said.

While Sundin still does not have a Stanley Cup championship on his resume, he did lead Sweden to a gold-medal title at the 2006 Winter Olympics thanks to a victory over the rival Finns in the championship game in Turin, Italy.

MOTORING MARLIES

The AHL's Marlies might be the quietest story in town these days.

But that should not take away from the impressive start the team has pieced together through the first month of the season.

Back-to-back 5-4 road victories over the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday and the Lake Erie Monsters yesterday ran the Marlies record to an almost-perfect 10-0-2.

"We've just been finding ways to win," defenceman Staffan Kronwall said.

"We've really come together as a team and I think it shows."

LOOSE LEAFS

Having recently returned from injury himself, Bryan McCabe fittingly described the medial collateral ligament injury suffered by defenceman Pavel Kubina Saturday. "It sucks," McCabe said yesterday. "He was playing well, and we were just starting to get healthy again. It just means one of the young guys will have to step up." ... Hockey Night in Canada's Hot Stove segment Saturday suggested general manager John Ferguson could be replaced by TSN analyst and former Leafs goalie Glenn Healy by the end of the season.More scuttlebutt for Ferguson to deal with.


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