With the Canucks amongst the fore runners courting Forsberg, there’s been a lot of comparison between the success, or lack of, from Sundin, and what Forsberg will likely bring to the table. I for one was against Sundin for a whole whack of reasons, but did come around and realize that in the playoffs, especially against the Blackhawks when it mattered most, he was our best player on the ice. With that in mind, these top 6 forwards, that are just available, do not come along that easily. You’re not going to find top 6 guys like this, of such...Click here to read more.
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Dear Mats, In the short time I’ve known you we’ve had a rocky relationship. I didn’t want you on my team, I didnt think you could do it, you were an ex-Leaf so I had cause to hate you, and in all I wasn’t happy you were stealing so much of my team’s money. It took me a long time to become “okay”, if you can say I really was okay, with the fact that you were a new Canuck, we’d put up with your drama, and you may be contributing something to this team. I wasn’t impressed with your...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: CBC In a news conference in Sweden this morning, Mats Sundin announced his retirement. “It was a tough decision,” Sundin told reporters at a news conference at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel. “It’s sad to tell you today that my career as a pro hockey player is over.” Sundin played his last season with the Vancouver Canucks with mixed results. After sitting out half a season, it took him a while to get his game going. And in fact, he didn’t play his best games until near the end of the postseason. To that point, some Canucks fans will remember...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com I’ll be going to training camp today so keep an eye out on my Twitter feed. In the meantime, here are some Canucks-related links on the Interweb: Joe Pelletier welcomes everyone to Terrace, Hockeyville. Move over Ryan Walter, the new Canucks have Stanley Cup rings too. Vigneault is looking for this season’s Kesler and Burrows. Tony Gallagher doesn’t want four more years of Vigneault. Mark Parrish got giddy when he got the call from the Canucks. Raymond and Wellwood need to watch their back. Taylor Pyatt is starting over in Phoenix.Click here to read more.
The Mats Sundin roller coaster ride continues. Today’s latest twist comes courtesy of Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun): J.P. Barry, the agent for Mats Sundin, said today his client is not in contract talks with any National Hockey League team — and that includes the Vancouver Canucks. Barry was reacting to a report that the Canucks and Sundin were “said to be in negotiations” on a one-year deal “in the neighbourhood” of $2 million. “There are no negotiations involving Mats with any team at the present,” Barry told The Vancouver Sun. More from Pap: Canucks GM Mike Gillis has steadfastly maintained...Click here to read more.
Sportsnet is reporting that the 38 year old recently married Swede might still return to don the Blue, White and Green. After a season that saw him turn down a 2 year 20 million dollar deal in favour for a 1 year 10 million dollar contract a lot of people, your truly included, thought Mats was going to hang up the skates after this year’s attempted return. The 38-year-old Swede is said to be in negotiations with the Canucks and could sign a contract valued in the neighborhood of $2 million to be the team’s second-line centre. Vancouver may be...Click here to read more.
To this day, we still don’t know if Mats Sundin has decided to continue his NHL career, though tonight, Mike Brophy (via Sportsnet.ca) has this to share: The 38-year-old Swede is said to be in negotiations with the Canucks and could sign a contract valued in the neighborhood of $2 million to be the team’s second-line centre. Vancouver may be prepared to make a trade if it is necessary to fit Sundin under the salary cap, if necessary. One, if Sundin signs, it will – not if – be necessary to make a trade in order to fit him the...Click here to read more.
For those still wondering about whether or not Mats Sundin will suit up this coming season, it seems like Sundin himself is still wondering (via Nucks Misconduct): Mats Sundin, 38, will retire with hockey. It states Upsala Nya Tidning referring to “reliable sources”. But the Cape itself deny. – I have not made up my mind, I take a decision in the autumn, “he told Sportbladet. Late yesterday published UNT information in the sports blog that one of Sweden’s greatest hockey careers are over. ‘Safe sources’ According to the newspaper has Mats Sundin decided to add skates on the shelf...Click here to read more.
As free agency rolls along, as last year, Mats is is no hurry whatsoever to get a deal. This time around though it plays into the Canucks favour, for the time being at least, as it allows Gillis to focus his efforts on signing other key UFAs and RFAs before dealing with the veteran Swede. I wrote in an earlier post that I thought Mats was worth only 2 million a year for another year in a Canucks uniform and it seems a lot of people think I’m absolutely crazy for thinking he’ll even consider that kind of money. Other...Click here to read more.
The Canucks who have traditionally been rather passive when it comes to major deadlines like the trade deadline, and free agency, were the center of attention last year as they pursued the most coveted free agent of the 2008 summer – Mats Sundin. This year he’s a free agent again, less coveted and hyped, but equally as important to the Canucks now that he has had a chance to play on the team and prove his value. Now I know I was one of his hardest critics, but one thing people told me all through his season’s ups and downs...Click here to read more.