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As much as I would like the Canadiens to sign Mats Sundin I just don’t see it happening. Nor do I see him ending up in Vancouver or resigning in Toronto. If he wanted to play for any of those teams he would have signed by now. Look at the incentives, Centennial season in Montreal, $10 million in Vancouver and yet another nonplayoff season in Toronto.
We have all discussed how well the Habs did last year and how much they have progressed. I think that Gainey and his staff have done a tremendous job reshaping the club.
We are all still waiting to see if Sundin decides to play in Mtl and if he doesn’t, then we’ll all be speculating as to what Gainey will do next.
When a team that went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals loses 7 key contributors to that team, many expect a decline.
Well for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the decline may not be very steep at all.
At first glance, when you see all the players who left, it is very easy to hypothesize that the team has nowhere else to go but down.
As we all still wait for Mats Sundin to make his decision here are some various rumours…
Antoine Vermette has signed a multi year contract with the Senators and is going to start the season in Ottawa. Terms were not disclosed.
Redwings have come to terms with RFA Valtteri Filppula on a contract for 5 years worth 15 million giving Filppula an average salary of 3mill a year. Another great move by easily the best ran franchise in the league. Filppula is a nice young talent that really proved last year he could hang in the NHL an even been a future top six winger, or possibly a first liner down the road. I think this was a great move, he may be a little over paid this season but this kid has potential to be a 25 goal scorer 50 points guy.
A year ago, those thoughts would have been fools gold however the Habs have developed much quicker than expected and are one of the best young teams in the league.
Canucks eyeing Vermette, Nylander
Friday is D-Day for Mats Sundin. In a matter of days, we will find out Sundin’s intention for next season.
According to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Sundin will either retire or return for another season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Not just because he could play with his brother, or because The Wild lost Rolston and Demitra. But because I think that if Montreal signs the big Swede, that Saku’s role on the team will be greatly diminished. This is a player who needs a change of scene, he needs to feel needed and wanted, and he fits the bill for the style of hockey The Wild play.
According to TSN.ca, the Boston Bruins are going to go ahead and buy out Glen Murray’s contract. This will make Murray and UFA and Bryan Murray will be makeing sure he gets a chance to speak with him, once he has been bought out.
According to a report in the Ottawa Sun, the Canucks have kicked the tires on a deal for the 26-year-old restricted free agent who scored 53 points (24-29) in 81 games last season for Ottawa.
IF the Canadiens get Sundin they might be a cup contender. What if they dont get Sundin? Do they inprove?
The Bruins have placed Glen Murray on unconditional waivers, the first step of the buyout process.