Sundin a Hab? A Strange Day in Toronto Sports

leafsAm I living in the bizarro world? This is turning out to be one heck of a strange sports news day in Toronto.

First Cito returns, sending us straight back to the glory days in the early 90s, and now comes word from the Maple Leafs that the Montreal Canadiens have been given permission to talk to Toronto captain Mats Sundin. If the Habs work out a deal with Sundin before July 1, we would receive some form of compensation.

Now, I still think Sundin will sign with the Leafs for next season, but let's examine the ramifications if Sundin plays for Montreal in 2008/2009. Remember when Sundin refused to waive his no-trade clause? While many were calling Sundin selfish and demanding he accept a trade to better our future I called him Loyalty Personified. I assumed that loyalty meant Sundin would retire a Leaf.

Mats, if you're reading this, and I'll bet you are, you have two choices: retire or sign for one more year with Toronto. If you're a Hab next season you will not be forgiven for refusing to waive your no-trade clause in February. What I once labelled Loyalty Personified will be rebranded Disloyalty Incarnate.

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The Leafs just traded up to #5 to take Luke Schenn!

June 20, 2008 @ 8:03 PM


I think you're totally wrong about this Mike - Sundin owes us (the fans) and the club nothing. He stated last year that he wouldn't be a rental player and wanted to remain a Leaf. That he remained true to. However, now, with the opportunity to be with a team for the entire year, from the beginning of the year, makes this a an entirely different situation. Mats owes us nothing and frankly, should go where he wants. Any Leaf fan should be happy we were able to watch greatness 41 times a year at the ACC but now it's time for both Mats and us to go separate ways.

June 21, 2008 @ 9:08 AM


I agree with elvis here. I'd add that Sundin, along with Belfour were never truly accepted throughout their stay in Leafland. The background media chants were constantly of how good 'ol Dougie & Cujo were the greatest Leafs of all-time.
Anything is better for Mats than soldiering on with (traded himself) King Gilmour literally watching over his shoulder at the ACC each night, even well okay, except Ottawa.

June 21, 2008 @ 10:43 AM


The media never accepted him? Meh. Everyone I know loved this hero of the team no matter how he compared with Gilmour.

June 23, 2008 @ 12:08 PM

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