Sundin, Sedin, Sedin: The New Swedish Connection

Melissa HanschellCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008


By Melissa Hashemian

So I'm guessing everyone's already heard about the new addition to the Vancouver Canucks, seeing how it merely happened a few hours ago.

The former Maple Leaf Captain has finally made up his mind.

That's right, I'm talking about the infamous Mats Sundin.

Canuck GM Mike Gillis announced today that the 37-year-old centreman has signed a one-year contract with the team and will start playing as soon as he's ready.

"He was really struggling with the idea of whether or not to play," Gillis said. "He wanted to make sure that he was capable of playing at the highest level and play up to the standards that he expected."

He was capable alright, he just was too slow at coming to a conclusion. With all the speculation surrounding his retirement and whether or not he wanted to play in the NHL, I couldn't help but feel irritated every time i heard his name.

In his last season with the Leafs, Sundin had 32 goals and 78 points in 74 games.

The fight for Mats was apart of a two-way race between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

Apparently, Sundin didn't want the Rangers to send players to the minors to make room for him on their roster. This was a big part of his decision in signing with the Canucks instead.

He's an eminent player full of tremendous ability and will contribute significantly when it comes to scoring. I certainly won't doubt that, and with only a one-year contract under his belt, he can cause a lot of damage (in a good way of course).

With the addition of Mats Sundin in the Canuck dressing room, we're sure to witness a nice collaboration of Swedish men on the power play. Along with the Sedin brothers, Sundin could definitely enhance their game offensively when it comes to power plays and key situations (end of period/game scenarios).


Kyle Wellwood is on the top line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin for the most part, while Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler rotate turns. However, this could all change now with Sundin in the picture.

If he's not with the Sedins, he'll most likely be seen on Vancouver's second line with Pavol Demitra and hopefully Steve Bernier, or maybe even a young prospect like Raymond.

There are a lot of questions regarding lineups these days, but with all the line shifting that is occurring during games this year, it's a bit harder to get these questions answered.

Whatever happens, Sundin's arrival in Vancouver will be a breath of fresh air for the anxious fans anticipating his first appearance in a Canuck's jersey.

"I am truly excited to be joining the Canucks," he stated.

And that's all that really matters, isn't it?