All I am hearing about is how Mats is going to the Rangers, Flyers, Canucks, or anywhere other than Toronto.
I was sure that the Leafs would not let their captain go without a fight, but I have to wonder—not only if they are fighting for him, but if they ever were.
Look back to before he even became a free agent—the Maple Leafs gave him permission to talk to the Montreal Canadiens on draft day. A rival team is not where you want your star player.
There have been no reports that Sundin has talked to Toronto regarding a contract. Is this because they have no interest in him—which they shouldn’t—or is it because they have kept it quiet enough that no one has heard anything about it?
In my opinion, Toronto is not interested—nor have they ever had any interest—in bringing him back to the biggest market in hockey, for the simple reasons that I stated in the above article..
When Mats does make his decision (to retire, I believe) and people recover from the shock, I am sure everybody will realize that Cliff was doing what was best for the team by not going after Mats.
If the Maple Leafs really are rebuilding, then there is no room for a 37-year-old Swedish centreman. They have a team with good young talent that just needs time to develop—and if they do, a Cup may be in Toronto in the next five or six years.
Like they say, good things come to those who wait.