Mats Sundin is one of the greatest captains to grace the blue and white. He has devoted almost 14 years to the Toronto Maple Leaf organization. If you are a Leaf fan, you are automatically a Sundin fan.
Sundin knows what he means to Leaf history and the Leaf public, so why won't he sign with Toronto?
Looking at the situation from Sundin's eyes will probably clue us in.
Finishing the 2007-2008 season, Sundin had a great point total and statistically he had one of his best seasons. He did his part, but Leaf nation was demanding his trade.
Of course if the Leafs were to have traded Sundin they would have received a good draft choice in return. Sundin did not want to finish his career on another team so he did not wave his no-trade clause. The press and fans hounded Sundin to wave his no-trade clause but he still said no. His intent was to retire in the next few seasons and to take time to decide when to leave.
So where does that leave Sundin and the Leafs?
Enthusiastic offers from Montreal and New York show that the Leaf captain has certainly gained his respect in the NHL.
Then it happened!
Sundin got the big offer of $10 million a year for two seasons. To most of us this is a no brainer. Big Money! But Sundin still can't pull himself away from the team he has had a marriage with for the past 14 years.
At this point, we are like the waiting partner in a marriage. We have wronged the other and are waiting for his forgiveness or cut of ties.
The only thing we have going for us is that Sundin still could not trade us for a price tag. He still wants to retire as the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Will Sundin return this year?