Well, more like the red carpet is.
Only minutes ago, a story broke on SportsNet stating Mike Gillis had significant interest in getting Mats Sundin back into the Green and Blue with White Trim:
“We’re interested in having him back,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “We were very happy with Mats last season. It took him a while to get going, but we were pleased with his performance.”
As the contract would be for one year and be in the $2M range, it would place further stress on Canucks cap restricted wallet (hopefully Gillis and Laurence Gillman have their calculators fired up).
Now for a variety of reasons (including the hit to the cap), I don’t mind this deal. Although Sundin started off slower than Bettman running to a Balsillie kegger last season, the chemistry he developed with Kesler and Demitra gave the team a bona fide second line threat that had not been seen in years (in fact, I’d argue that I don’t remember the last time a second line threat existed). Not only that, but Mats took it to another level when it mattered against Chicago – solid proof he still had game once he was in game shape. I also believe that the veteran leadership that Mats brings to the table will be appreciated once (not if) the post-season rolls around – seriously, who doesn’t like seeing the grey bearded warrior lead the charge?
So here’s hoping that Mats ties up the skates on Saturday with the rest of the squad for what I believe will be a freaking successful season!
11Sep UPDATE: According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Mats hasn’t negotiated with anyone about a return to the NHL. Way to ruin my elation Darren. Sheesh!