Open letter to Sundin

GUTS MCTAVISH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

As the anticipation and frustration grow concerning your pending announcement, one can't help but throw out one last deal sweetener. Now I know local Vancouver businesses have got to you first by sweetening the pot with an array of Swedish goods and services. I ask you, Mats, are any of the offers truly original?

A Volvo, IKEA bedding, all the ABBA you can stomach and to top it off, a deep tissue Swedish massage (from a dude!). Let's break the shackles of Swedish stereotypes and actually talk about giving you something that is a time-honoured tradition in the league that you have given your blood, sweat and tears to. I'm talking about presenting you with the greatest nickname in all of hockey, possibly in all of sports. Hush, Mats, can you hear that? That's the sound of your popularity growing.

Now I am aware you already have a nickname that unfortunately gets very little play. At 37, you are far too old to be re-marketed so I will keep your old moniker's original theme thus honouring your current nickname and ultimately your legacy.

For those of you who do not know, Leaf legend Doug Gilmour nicknamed Mats Sundin "Weed" in his rookie season; probably because it rhymes with Swede and at 6'5" Mats has obviously grown like a weed.

Now the team you have been so loyal to all these years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have two nicknames. In the West they are referred to as the Laffs. In the East, the Buds.

Are you starting to feel the buzz yet, Mats? This city wants you here, this province wants you here.

So when you make your ultimate decision in the next few days, Mats, and you tell the world you want to be a Canuck, we here at 24 hours will immediately stampede to the rooftop and scream so the entire city can hear: "The B.C. Bud has finally arrived!"

Now that's how you truly sweeten the pot.


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