Posts Tagged ‘Mats Sundin

25
Feb
08

Sundin Says No To Trades and Foppa Signs, Changing Entire NHL Trade Deadline Landscape

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Mats Sundin has told Maple Leafs’ interim GM, Cliff Fletcher, that he will not be waiving his no-trade clause. This is what Sundin had to say,

“I have carefully considered the team’s request that I waive my no-trade clause,” Sundin said in a statement. “I have always believed I would finish my career as a Toronto Maple Leaf so the actual request was still a very difficult one for me to contemplate. I have spoken to and listened to my family and those closest to me about this issue. In the end, there is no right decision in a situation like this one. I cannot leave my teammates and join another NHL Club at this time. I have never believed in the concept of a rental player. It is my belief that winning the Stanley Cup is the greatest thing you can achieve in hockey but for me, in order to appreciate it you have to have been part of the entire journey and that means October through June. I hope everyone will understand and respect my decision.”

This is a huge blow to the Leaf’s plan on rebuilding because a player of Sundin’s caliber would have fetched a significant return, something like a key player, a prospect and a high draft pick. That is at the very least, if there would have been a bidding war over his services, which would have been likely, the price would have rose dramatically.

There is another reason that this changes the everything that could have happened at the trade deadline. As a result of Sundin refusing to waive his no-trade clause, other Maple Leaf players have followed suit. Tomas Kaberle, Darcy Tucker, and Pavel Kubina have also informed Fletcher that they would not waive their no-trade clauses. To my count that leaves only two over-paid, under-performing players that could yield a decent return. Jason Blake(who doesn’t have a no-trade clause) and Bryan McCabe appear to have left the door open for now, but let’s face it, teams are not going to be rushing to call Fletcher about these guys.

And lastly, with Sundin’s desicion, that makes Marian Hossa the most sought after player at tomorrow’s deadline, good news for Thrasher’s GM Don Waddell, he has every intention of trading away Hossa, and now he might get that bidding war Fletcher was hoping for.

Then there is the signing of Peter Forsberg… ARGH! BULLSHIT, change the rules! Teams should not be able to sign Free-Agents this late in the season, it is absolutely ridiculous. I hope so, so bloody much that the Avalanche miss play-offs and that they wasted $1 million. I hope so much….

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15
Jan
08

The Joke Of The League…

JFJ’s Dream

Ok, so I have been trying to resist writing about them since I started this whole thing, but I don’t think that is possible anymore. Here goes my thoughts on my favourite team… the Leafs.

At this point I don’t quite know what to say about them. I know they aren’t a good team by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time, they shouldn’t be as bad as they are, yet here we are. Let’s look at the main issues that are being talked about the Leafs lately.

John Ferguson

I’ve never been a fan of him, while I must admit that I was one of those that thought that Quinn had to be let go. Since JFJ has taken over, the Leafs have drafted one, ONE, player in the first round of the draft. I remember a time when John said that he was going to put more money into scouting, so that the team could draft solidly, however, you could spend all the money in the world, if you don’t have any draft picks, it won’t make a difference.

I do think it is time for JFJ to be fired, it should have been done at the beginning of this season, it should have been done when he re-signed the entire team that missed play-offs last season. But realistically, even if the board was to fire JFJ, and bring in someone else, (whether it be on an interim basis, like Cliff Fletcher or not) would that person have enough time to evaluate the team and make positive changes before or at the trade deadline. Speaking of which…

Trade Deadline

It breaks my heart to say it, but Mats has to be traded. I realize that he says he wants to finish his career in Toronto, and as far as I can tell thats still possible. In saying that, if he truly cared about the well-being of the club, he would waive his No-Trade Clause, and get the team some high draft picks, and some solid franchise prospects. What I am thinking, is something around the lines of trading him to Anaheim for Edmonton’s old first round pick, Bobby Ryan, and then the Leafs would also have to take some salary off of the Ducks’ hands. And then, in the off-season, sign Sundin again, for a one year deal, and hope he takes a discount salary.

Other players that I hope would get traded for some young guns are Tucker, Blake, and Kubina. I realize that there are others that I would like to see go, *cough*Raycroft*cough*, but seriously, what team in their right mind would even attempt at taking a chance with him?

Paul Maurice

I like PM, I honestly do. He handles the media well, he has been to the cup finals, he is doing what he can with an under-achieving team. With that being said, if a new GM comes into place and wants to bring in a new coach, go for it.

The Board

I would love to see the Maple Leafs sold, and the board dispersed. Let’s face it, the Teachers’ Pension Fund could care less if the team is winning, as long as it is bringing in money, and it will, they are happy. Same goes with CTV globeMedia, and TD Bank. I think a single owner that is passionate about hockey and loves win would be way better suited to be the owner of this team.

So there, that’s what I think of the Leafs right now, I will go back to trying to forget that I still actually like them.