Its been 19 days since the the wave of blue and white faithful sat on edge waiting to see if Mats Sundin would sign on the dotted line with the Habs. Perhaps the Canucks would lure him with that huge 20 Mil. deal they waived.. wait, maybe he's gone to retirement.. Noone counted Sundin as a Leaf for the 08-09 schedule. Noone thought he'd ever come back to the lowly bottom of the barrel Leafs when he could win elsewhere. Well I may be eating my hat come next month but swayed by a building rumour Im going to say it, Welcome back Mats.
The word is Sundin would rather retire then come back to play with a rival team or any other team for that matter, then the Toronto Maple Leafs. The problem? MLSE. You heard it hear folks. I may be a tad biased behind my blue tinted shades but if you ask me Mats is waiting so long because he just doesnt know if he can bring himself to play for Peddie and his band of carnival thieves. Fletcher is being drug though the mud for trying to get Mats to waive his no trade at the deadline but what else was the man to do? That's your number one asset on a rebuilding team that has missed the post season 3 straight seasons in a town that lives and breaths by the drop of the puck! Sundin's decision isnt made any easier by the loyalty he feels to the city, the fans and the logo on the front of the sweater but upper managment is deffinately a reason for him to look down the 401 for an apartment close to the Bell Centre.
What it comes down to is that it just may break the swedes heart to suit up for another team. And what is your 7,8 or 10 million dollar star without heart. Mats knows this more then anyone.. yah maybe June would come and he'd be sipping from the cup but would he be thinking, "wow, this is the best feeling of my career, man I wish it was in a Leaf jersey in front of the ACC fans"..... I know I know, you're all laughing, slapping knees and calling me nuts, I can hear it now.. livin on a prayer, yah yah... truth be told there is no gaurantee that he'll win with the Habs, the Rangers or even the defending Red Wings. The Canucks certainly arent in a much better possition then Toronto is. Why would he want to sign there to help them rebuild their mangled team when he can help continue the build on his own club where his heart is and he has hung his skates for so long. MLSE is why. Too bad Don Cherry or Wayne Gretzky or any of the Toronto Richie Riches couldn't sweep in and buy this team carrying it and its faithful to places some of us fans have never seen. I was born in 1977 into a life of Leaf following.. its been a painful following at times people.. and you know this! Point is, at the end of the day Mats Sundin's heart lies within the confines of the Air Canada Centre.. whats a super star without his heart. Sundin, 1 yr 7 million with a no movement.. you Heard It Here!