Why the Maple Leafs Are Better Off Without Mats Sundin

Tyler HillAnalyst IAugust 23, 2008

As a Leafs fan, it is hard for me to say this, but its true—the Toronto Maple Leafs don't need Mats Sundin anymore.

Mats is a great player any contending team should want. He is a valuable piece of the puzzle. The Leafs are not a contende—in fact they are the exact opposite from that. Not just because they have a team with no real first line guys, but because they are rebuilding.

Forty-one years since their last Cup, the Leafs are finally in rebuilding mode. They have a team of good young players, and some great prospects in the minors. This is not the place for a 37-year-old to play his final season.

However the question is: Are the Maple Leafs better without Mats?

Look at it this way—if he comes back he will only make us better. That isn’t what the Leaf want this year. They want to be bad. They want a high draft pick—someone like John Tavares would be ideal.

This year they drafted Luke Schenn, a top prospect nicknamed “The Human Eraser.” If they could get Tavares, and bring up some other guys they hidden away on the Marlies they’ll be all set, and in a few years—dare I say—they could be a Cup contender.

Mats Sundin is not going to help on the quest for Tavares. He is too good! He will only hurt them in the long run if he returns.

Like I’ve been saying for the last few weeks now, he should just retire, and in a few years he can come back to coach. Honestly, I don’t see what is so great about Wilson. Sure, he had great team in San Jose, but look at the players he already had—Jonathan Cheechoo, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Evgeni Nabokov, just to name a few.

That's not exactly what he's working with in Toronto—if you know what I mean.