Porter's Weekly Leafland is back after a short break for holidays and I've got a triple-packed installment for you.
Well, Mats Sundin is a Canuck, and he lost the tiny shred of respect I had for him.
First, Sundin has said all along that he was in it for a Cup. Yet he rejects offers from the Montreal Canadians and New York Rangers to sign with the Canucks? By the way, both Montreal and New York are ahead of the Canucks in the standings.
I'm sure the five million dollars was the reason. I mean, I can't really blame him for taking that type of money, but please don't try to save face by completely contradicting yourself saying that it's about being on a team that has a chance at the Cup.
Hello? There is no way in heck the Canucks are going to beat the Red Wings or the Sharks with or without Roberto Loungo. I won't even get into the whole "joining a team mid-season" thing, as more than enough people have commented on that.
I will say, however, Sundin will not be that good.
He said that he is just in training camp condition, meaning he won't be in the starting line up for a week or two, leaving Sundin about half the season to play. Even at a point per game that will give him 41 points.
Five million for 41 points, if even that many?
Moving on to a happier subject, Leafs forward Dominic Moore is turning into the feel-good story of the 2008-2009 Toronto Maple Leafs.
Just 39 games into the season Dominic as passed his career high in points with 20, and is on pace for 42. Besides the on-paper stats, Moore has been digging in the corners and leading by example on a young Leafs team.
Also, Moore has seemed to spark linemate Jason Blake who has six points in his last 10 games. Moore has clicked well with rookie linemate Jeremy Williams, as well.
Finally, the rumours coming out of Leafland are plentiful.
Second, Thomas Kaberle appears to be on the trading block, due to poor play, lack of toughness, and the need for rebuilding in Toronto.
Thirdly, Justin Pogge may find himself back with the Leafs after disappointing performances from both Vesa Toskala and Curtis Joseph.
Also, on a side note, the Leafs appear to be shopping the likes of Vesa Toskala, Jeff Finger, Jason Blake and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
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