Yesterday TSN analyst Darren Dreger reported that a Mats Sundin retirement was imminent. Well today in a press conference in Stockholm Sundin finally put a stop to the will he won’t he rumors. Last year Vancouver fans with left in a state of uncertainty for five months wondering if Sundin would ever hit the ice in a Vancouver Canucks uniform. In July 2008 Mike Gillis originally offered Sundin a two-year deal worth around $20mil. After much pondering Sundin agreed to play for the remainder of the season in December of the same year, At the time the Sundin deal was done, the Canucks organization and fans were in desperate need of a superstar to turn their fortunes around.
Unfortunately Sundin only scored nine goals in forty-one games as a Canuck and often looked like other veterans just going through the motions. In a twenty year NHL career he amassed 785 goals 1349 assists 1093 points and played in 1346 games. He spent the majority of his NHL tenure playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’m sure there will by a few Leafs fans that feel a little sad that one off the team’s biggest stars will be hanging up his skates for eternity.
Vancouver fans however may be relieved that the Sundin saga has reached its cause. As a former member of the Leafs he will go down in history as one of the greatest players. In Vancouver the biggest thing he will be remembered for is playing half a season for $8.6 million.