It seems that Mats Sundin's decision is finally going to happen. CBC Sports (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2008/12/15/nhl-sundin.html) reported today that two reliable sources close to the Sundin situation, report that Mats has narrowed it down to two teams: The New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks.
What does this mean?
Toronto can finally stop believing in the slight chance of Sundin coming back, and they don't have to save all the cap space for him. It's time for the Leafs to go shopping!
In my opinion, Mats is deciding between two things: the money and the chance to win the Stanley Cup.
With the Canucks, he'll get paid pretty well, and he'll have the chance to "lead" them to the playoffs and maybe even the Cup.
The Rangers, on the other hand, are a different story.
With the Rangers, he's already guaranteed a playoff spot. The Rangers are good enough this season. If they add the big Swede to their roster, they'll be a pretty hard team to play against.
I don't blame Mats for deciding to leave Toronto, it's not like they were going to grant him the Cup anytime soon. It's like when two people have been seeing each other for a very long time and there is no future. It's time to break up, and Mats decided to be the dumper, instead of the dumpee.
Who can blame the guy?
Sundin has given his heart and soul to this team, and what have the Leafs given back?
Sure, the fans have given him support, but have we been able to make him happy? Did we help him get a Stanley Cup? No.
Mats' decision was expected by mid-December, and look at what the date is! Expect Mats to make a decision by the end of the week. Be sure to stay tuned for more details and an in-depth analysis tomorrow!
Once again, thanks to CBC Sports for the information.