Last night Mats Sundin took to the ice as a Vancouver Canuck, finally. With all the hype that has surrounded the whole Sundin saga over the last seven months, I for one, am finally glad it’s over. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Mats Sundin in a Canucks uniform, playing on a line with former Leaf linemate, Kyle Wellwood and new linemate, Mason Raymond.
There were flashes of ‘Vintage’ Sundin on the ice last night. His strong presence in the face-off circle was there. Although not as confident yet, Mats was working his way to the front of the net where is most comfortable on the PP. His ability to read where the play is going showed last night, but again, his timing was off. That will improve with a few more games under his belt.
Alain Vigneault felt it was better to ease Sundin into the game. Although it was clearly evident that Mats was up to speed with his timing, his shot, and his skating, it was obvious how much more comfortable he was on the ice as the game progressed. Please don’t discount that his teammates are all in mid-season form. Mats looked alright out there. Looking forward seeing more out of Mr. Sundin.
It was nice to see that Roberto Luongo was skating a little more again. The Canucks are having a hairy issue with their goaltending injuries with Sanford out with a groin injury as well. For the third straight year, Roberto Luongo has made the All Star Team as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. Like last season, I am sure we will be sending another player in his absence. I highly doubt Luongo will be playing the All Star Game due to the extent of his injury, so we’ll probably send someone else.
All I know is I can’t wait for the day Luongo is ready to play some games for the Canucks and back to form. The team is playing pretty decent hockey without him, but if he was healthy, I guarantee the Canucks would be atop of their division and not trailing the Flames by three points. [Read more…]