Mats Sundin Left A Waiting

According to Larry Brooks, Sundin decided to……wait. 🙂

Sorry have to laugh.
He wants to be a ranger (according to Brooks), but the have no room to make him an offer of $6 million (which he is demanding-ouch to Vancouver at 10! and double ouch to say he won’t go for less then $7)

“Thus, with the NHL holiday roster freeze going into effect Friday night at midnight and lasting through midnight the 27th, Sundin – who has a $10M offer on the table from the Canucks that he obviously is in no hurry to accept – is likely to remain unsigned until late in the month.”


“J.P. Barry, Sundin’s North American representative, said today that Sundin might accept a conditional offer from the Rangers, but that is nonsense.”

And sheep may fly, Wilbur may invite Larry and Richard for dinner and Mccown will be on Pat Quinn and Cito Gaston’s holiday card list.

“But while the big Swede – who earned $5.5 million last year with the Maple Leafs – is willing to take less to play Broadway than to play in Vancouver, his willingness to take a discount only goes so far. Cap counts are calculated on a daily basis in the NHL. Sundin’s contract would be pro-rated and charged against the cap from the day it’s registered with the league. Sundin, who has returned home to Sweden for the Christmas holiday, likely will need a week to 10 days of practice before he’s in game shape. The contract would not have to be registered until a day before he’s ready to go. Thus, if Sundin were ready to go the first week of January, the Blueshirts would have to have approximately $3.2M of space in order to accommodate Sundin’s need for a $6M contract. With a current $1 million available, the Rangers could not clear the necessary space merely by deleting Petr Prucha and Dan Fritsche from the roster. More would be required. Which is why Sather and Sundin both need more time.”

Take as much time as needed. Who knows, maybe February or March will be a good time… This whole thing is a joke. The best news is that the Leafs are FINALLY out of the picture. I guess for Mats’ it’s no longer important to be part of the entire journey, or even half the journey (from a calendar perspective). By the way, which fellow GM is going to do Slats the favor of dealing with him? They are such a warm agreeable bunch aren’t they?

If I am Mike Gillis, I go do business elsewhere. What happens if Slats can’t move the money? Should the entire league just wait around for this guy? He is good, he isn’t that good.

Brooks is here

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December 18, 2008 12:40 pm

I truly believe, 100% without question that had he been left to his own devices he would have retired. I think a lot of outside factors pushed him to this….

That really is a shame because you have to ask yourself why? The best solution is he joins a team and wins the cup. Having not been there all year would have the same asterisk on it that the naysayers (Sundin included) had he moved last season at the deadline. Remember folks, there are no guarantees. The downside if he doesn’t win are huge (at least in my perspective). If he goes to a team and gets injured, or worse doesn’t, but doesn’t play all that great (hey he is 38) and the team fails…then what? What if the team gets bounced in the early rounds of the playoffs? What about his reputation then. What if he goes to the Rangers and they throw a few bodies overboard and that disrupts the chemistry and he is painted as the villain; the proverbial cause of the demise/failure?

I have voted against Mats coming back here. At least if he came back here (and I don’t want that) he wouldn’t have that added baggage. He would have come here to provide that veteran leadership. In that case there is nothing too lose. Easy for me to say from the sidelines. I just don’t know if I would do it this way.

Long enough response to turn into a separate post….:)

December 18, 2008 12:13 pm

Why, why, why on Earth did this rediculous spectacle have to happen. I used to love Sundin, now I can’t stand to hear his name. I know I’m not the only one. Realizing of course this is as much the media’s fault as his own, the guy made his bed, preached his bullshit about the ‘right’ thing to do and has infamously now changed his mind. He’s goes to the Rangers and I have to believe now anytime he shows up in an Arena in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and perhaps even Calgary or Edmonton, this guy is going to get booed mercilessly. Deserved or not, he made his bed and sure hopes he enjoys how it feels to have made some many enemies in the process.

The worst part is, I still have a Sundin jersey at home sitting in my closet that I paid top dollar for at the time I purchased it. Me and probably thousands of others. Hey sure, it happens all the time, people switch teams.

Boy, why couldn’t we have drafted Yzerman. Or Sakic. Or the few others who lived, breathed and retired with ‘their’ teams…

He sure knew how to fuck the organization and fans over in the process. He could have helped us get a 2yr-3yr head start on our rebuild process if he had to have agreed to be traded back at the deadline. Oh right, he doesn’t believe in joining a team unless it’s right from the start of training camp.

Ya ya, he doesn’t owe us anything at all, right. Well at the end of the day I don’t believe many of the fans are feeling much of anything for him anymore and we sure would have liked a much better ending than this….

December 18, 2008 11:42 am
Reply to  lt67

Here you go Eggbert:

Sundin’s Agent

December 18, 2008 11:28 am

What shmuck is representing Sundin?
I’ve never seen such an untarnished reputation take such a nosedive in such a short time without adultry or drugs being involved.He’s killed his endorsement future in the largest hockey market in Canada.I once thought Mats would surpass Borje in the warm embrace of Leaf Nation,that’ll never happen now.I’d like to see a mega mix video of Bush 41 saying “read my lips,no new taxes” and Sundin waxing poetic over his need for the journey from training camp to golf clubs.

December 18, 2008 1:52 pm

There is a bright side,think of the fun you’ll have at restaurants when your companion is taking too long deciding on there meal: Hey Sundin! let’s order already!……………or at a golf course :Hey Sundin! pick a club already!

And now Leaf fans have a horse in the race come playoff time……..the team Mats is facing

December 18, 2008 2:47 pm

Love it….classic.

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