You may have heard about Mats Sundin coming down to Toronto for a charity game that will be played at the Air Canada Centre. I was excited by the headlines, mind you; anything in relation to the Leafs or Mats Sundin is exciting. So I decided to ponder a bit and try to figure out what could possibly happen during this trip.
First thing is a meeting between Sundin, agent JP Barry, and Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher for about one hour over dinner to perhaps better understand the position of Sundin as far as his return or retirement is concerned. I do believe that this meeting will be held and we will hear about it in the next 24 hours.
It seems to me that the fate of Bryan McCabe has something to do with the decision of Mats Sundin. I know some people have said that Sundin has stood up for McCabe before, but let's not forget the frustration that surrounded Mcabe last season and how Sundin, for the first time, lost his cool over some underachievers within the team.
The way things are going now—from Canadiens GM Bob Gainey losing optimism over landing Sundin, to full denials of the centre joining the New York Rangers, and to Sundin stating that if it was about the money he would have signed with the Vancouver Canucks—it's becoming obvious that Sundin's decision to come back will come soon, and rest assured it will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He has stated on many occasions that he wants to retire as a Maple Leaf, and—guess what, gentlemen?—a retirement right now would jeopardize his whole establishment with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
What kind of retirement and exit does Sundin want to make? Well, let me tell you. A full season of pain and gain with the Leafs, followed by a retirement celebration at the Air Canada Centre and an announcement of a new captain with Sundin handing over the flag.
Once you look at the events and facts in that perspective, you will realize that Sundin's return to the Toronto Maple Leafs is guaranteed. I am no fortune-teller, but I have followed the comments and events surrounding this team. Get ready, gentlemen, the next few days will prove what I am saying is right.
We will see you at the Air Canada Centre for a new chapter with new faces and fresh blood.
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