You haven’t been posting much lately. If its because there isn’t much to write about, I’d like to know what you think about the Mats Sundin saga.
I haven’t paid much attention because I don’t think there is much chance he will end up in Vancouver. If money was his motivator and he was interested in the Mike Gillis offer, Sundin would have signed right away. Even though I think he is still an excellent player, its probably best for the Canucks if he does pass.
I don’t have any problem with Mats taking all the time he wants to make up his mind, but the delays only really make sense if his instincts are telling him to retire. After a long disappointing – in more ways than one – season, he didn’t want to play any more. He kept that to himself because he didn’t want to be hockey’s Brett Favre and he knew he might feel differently as the season approached. He’s been through it before. That’s my guess, of course, but I can’t see that there is any reasonable alternative. The longer he takes to make up his mind, the more likely it is that he will retire.
In any case, if the juices get going when he finally starts to skate, I can’t see him deciding to play in Vancouver. Why would he take on the extra travel? Why would he leave the higher scoring conference, the conference where he would deliver up the best performance? He would go for an extra $3 million when he doesn’t need the money and he is apparently considering walking away from $7 million entirely? I don’t think so.
If he really isn’t enthusiastic about playing and he really isn’t enthusiastic about Vancouver, but he still decides to play on the left coast because the money is fantastic… Would that be a good thing for the Canucks? Again, I don’t think so.
The Gillis plan wasn’t necessarily a bad one – but I do think it was a little unrealistic. Sundin to Vancouver was, and remains, a longshot.