Mats Sundin Hits The Ice for First Time in Vancouver

Joel LefevreAnalyst IDecember 30, 2008

After a long trying time for Vancouver Canucks fans which seems to have lasted forever, Mats Sundin is finally here and skating with his new team.

The 37-year-old Swede practiced with the Canucks for the first time since signing a one year deal worth a reported 5.6 million dollars.  He is expected to be a scratch for tonight's matchup with the Flyers as it is still uncertain when Sundin will make his grand debut with the Canucks.

Sundin as he explained on NHL.com, is hoping to return to his dominant form that has made him a virtual lock to enter the hall of fame some day.

"Last year was frustrating," he said. "We struggled. It was a mixed emotional season. When I look back at last year I really enjoyed playing. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off."   

He also stated that he firmly believes the Canucks can be a serious cup contender.

"I feel the Canucks have a good enough team to be strong in the playoffs," he said. "I hope I can contribute and bring my game back the way I played last season."

The nine time all-star will bring some definite size and strength up front which should help the forwards for the Canucks a lot.

Most importantly he will bolster a power play that has been very up and down all season, and should compliment the team nicely with some much needed offence to go along with a team that is as sound defensively as any in the NHL.