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The Mat’s out for Mats

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).

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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!

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2 Comments

  1. Oh my, that looks painful.

    Anyway, have a nice weekend and Netchick sent me here.
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  2. I don’t mind having Sundin back on the team as long as we also get some good young talent on the Canucks. Any good team has a mix of veterans and good young rookies.

    If Sundin can hold his own along with Shirokov and hopefully Hodgson and some of the other young Canucks players, I think we could have a really interesting balance on the team that we haven’t seen in quite some time.
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