Did The Vancouver Canucks Get Their Money's Worth with Mats Sundin?
On December 18th, 2008, the Vancouver Canucks announced that Mats Sundin had signed with the club to a one-year, $8.6 million contract.
Pro-rated for the remaining 41 games Sundin would play in the regular season, his salary works out to roughly $5 million.
During the regular season, Sundin mustered just 28 points and was minus five.
Before Sundin's arrival, the Canucks were 21-15-5, and went 24-12-5 after his debut on January 7th.
He missed the first two games in the first round of the playoffs, scoring one goal in the final two games against the St. Louis Blues.
Against the Chicago Blackhawks, Sundin's scoring improved, with seven points and a minus two, before the Canucks were ousted in six games.
His groin likely affected him through the playoffs and reports on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada suggested that he has an MCL sprain and is wearing a brace to protect it.
So in the end, was it worth it for the Canucks?
Sundin becomes an unrestricted free agent, yet again, on July 1.
Will Canuck's GM Mike Gillis, or any other GM for that matter, take a chance on the 38-year-old for another season for that kind of money?
Or will the rumours start to fly for another six months asking if he will play? Where will he play? When will he play?
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