Could it be the end for Mats?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are right on the edge of a playoff berth, and on the outside looking in. With the playoffs looking more and more unlikely for the team is Toronto looking to keep their captain and team leader Mats Sundin or trade him and realize it is time to start looking ahead to the future?

The 36-year-old center and Toronto Maple Leafs Captain is a free agent at the end of the season and Toronto has an option of whether or not they want to keep the 8 time NHL All Star. Sundin who was the 1st overall choice in the 1989 entry draft and is 2nd all time in points and goals for the Maple Leafs. However, the team has shown little signs of exercising the right to keep the center for one more year or sign him for the remainder of his career. The team would rather resign him then have to use the option. His $4.56-million option would mean a $6.33-million salary cap hit (because it’s the average of the entire contract that counts against the cap). There were contract talks earlier this season but none as of recently.
Toronto is beginning to look ahead and it looks as though there is a good chance Mats is gone, and if not by Tuesday then by the start of next season. There are teams out there who could bolster their roster heading into the playoffs, and with Tkachuk out of the picture for teams, Mats and is probably the best option (him and Bill Guerin). What team could use Sundin and who would be interested might you ask? Several teams come to my mind.

Anahiem-Anahiem recently acquired a first round pick from the Lightning and I am sure would not mind giving up one of the highly talent young centers, who make a decent amount of cash.

Calgary-Lets face it Calagary needs a piece to complete their puzzle especially with how up and down their offense has been all season. They have a good amount of depth at the center postion but I am sure would be more than welcome to move some players around. If this is the case expect seeing someone like Lombardi go. Just picture a line of Friesen, Tanguay, and Sundin

Dallas-The Stars could use someone to add that all around threat when he has the puck in their zone. They have the defense but their offense leaves a bit to be desired.

NY Rangers-Shanahan-out, Kasperitis-no where to be found. This is a team that is good but not playing well as of late. Jarg needs healthy talent around him to help that team go deep in the playoffs and there are plenty of minor leagues the Rangers could give up.

Pittsburgh-Though very unlikely, Pitt has the money to do something-Today! Since there is plenty of young talent on that team losing someone suck ahs Ekman, Christenson or Staal might be worth if for that veteran leadership.

Vancouver-They finally have the goalie and now could contend. Theyre not getting any younger either! Stick Mats with the Sedins and that could be a very deadly line. Ryan Kessler could be a good fit in Toronto, not much else they have to offer right now.

IF nothing is done now he could still very well be moved. He wants to win a cup but it is not his choice, but rather Toronto’s on what to do with him. If he does not go to one of those contenders this year expect teams like Colorado (where he played with Sakic when they were the Nordiques), who has Sakic as an unrestricted free agent, The capitals who can be expected to make a dip in the FA market this off season with plenty of money to spend.


17 Responses to Could it be the end for Mats?

  1. WDF says:

    Buddy come on. Were 1 point out of the playoffs and you want to dump Sundin to New York Rangers???? Why, were in a better position then them and why would we trade Sundin to them. Hes a Leaf for life, he wants to win the cup in Toronto, anywhere else will be almost pointless. And if for some reason we decide to trade him, we will recieve ALOT for him. Expect a 1st, a roster player and a prospect. And maybe more depending on the team. BUT HES NOT LEAVING US ANYTIME SOON.
    -wdf

  2. Canuckspwn says:

    1st)I really doubt Sundin is getting traded.

    2nd)it's Kesler not Kessler.

    3rd)Kesler can't be traded.

    4th)The Canucks have no cap room,because they've gotten both Sopel and Smolinski.

  3. the_word says:

    Ok, so overnight the Leafs are going to decide to trade Mats, entertain last minutes offers from all those teams, while those same teams pursue other trades with other teams, then the Leafs find a deal they like and talk Sundin into waiving his no trade clause.  Sure, that's a likely scenario.  

    Hey here's another one how Sundin  for Malkin and then with the caproom  that frees up we can trade McCabe for Pronger.

  4. polastem says:

    Won't happen. Maybe if they pick up his option next year, and they are way out, then yeah, I could see him going for a contender and returning during the offseason, not this year. nope.

  5. Blueandwhiteblood says:

    Come On!!! I'm so sick of hearing all this trade Sundin talk!!! First of all, Sundin is the heart and soul of this team and without him we are left relatively faceless. Secondly, Sundin is a horse. Every year critics expect his play to diminish and for him to start riding that menial play train into retirement, yet he continues to impress year in and year out. He just recently turned 36, and at the rate he's going I wouldn't consider it far fetched to see him play till he's 40-41. So thats a good four years to try and turn this ship around. Four years in which I'm positive he will produce on more than a point a game average. Mats has done nothing but good for our team and city, he has gone on record multiple times and said he'd rather win a cup here than anywhere else at all!!! We as an organization (Team and fans) have failed him thus far and it is us who are responsible to give him a couple more runs at the cup here where he wants and needs to be. That all starts with management. Why a rookie GM was brought in to turn around a troubled ship going into a new league with a lot of question marks is anyone's guess. But we need an experienced, creative GM to come in and right those wrongs. I think we can safely say he Ferguson experiment thus far has been a failure, rookie mistake after rookie mistake. Let's tackle this head on and fix this problem before this 40 year drought turns into a red soxesque drought. Mats on behalf of our team I apologize and I hope something can be done before another Leafs great has to hang them up without realizing our collective goal of finally returning this storied franchise to the promised land!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Blueandwhiteblood says:

    Mats Sundin isn't going anywhere, unless thats back to Sweeden at the end of his tenure with the Leafs. Let's make that move for Svatos people!!!

  7. libralounge says:

    you must be absolutely bored about the leafs non-action in the trades dept. to write something about mats at this point….
    …really…get a grip and stay with the rest of the group will ya?

  8. Toonces99 says:

    Another window licker,…….The Rangers???????, Vancouver?????Dallas????? No sense what so ever…..And for the record, If the Blues got all those picks and a player for Keith Tkachuk  to go to Atlanta, why on gods green earth would Toronto accept only one first rounder and a Prospect from Anaheim especially….if your answer is going to be "he's a top propect", stop now and hold your breath until you pass out……..(since the only way to benchmark this trade would be the Atlanta / Blues trade currently and in the event Sundin lifts his no trade clause) you would have to get a bonafide player, some picks (first rounder for sure, and pending if his option is picked up, a early pick the following year) and a top prospect for Sundin  Atlanta gave up the farm for that goalpost Tkachuk…..Sundin is a far more valuable asset and much better player right now……..

  9. Hoondog2 says:

    I can't believe we are going down this road again about Mats Sundin.  He is not going anywhere and should not go anywhere.  This guy is playing the best hockey of his career, and has 5 really good years left in him. 

      The only reason contract talks have been slowed is because the Leafs want the team option taken off because the contract was negotiated before the lockout, and talks are still ongoing with the league (I think N.J. did something similar to this).  The problem isn't what Sundin is making this year (4.5 million, I think) the problem is the cap hit (6+ million).  If they could renegotiate a new contract, lets say 4 mill. a year for 3 years for example, the cap hit would only be 4 mill., which could equal a 2+ mill. player in the offseason, and would be fair considering most of this contract existed before the lockout.  Another one of those behind the scenes moves that JFJ never gets credit for.

  10. AMACKAY says:

    quite possably the most rediculous post ever, Sundin is never going anywhere, except of coarse the hall of fame , as a Leaf. period.

  11. kwels42 says:

    ya there is no way that sundin is going
    this is almost as bad as a "leafy" post

  12. 92-93 says:

    unlike some, i dont think discussing some trading-Sundin options is off-limits.

    in previous years – sure, but this year is different considering his age and contract.

    BUT, you have to be smarter than this article about discussing these options. sorry but i just think it smells of a knee-jerk-post-montreal-loss reaction.

    ….
    leafs deserved to lose in NYI and in Montreal last night. but one wonders if they got the breaks in these two games with the missed/wrong calls, if their road trip would be 3-0-0 or 2-0-1 instead of 1-1-1. in any case, if its a matter of karma, the leafs have a lot of good karma coming their way considreing the 40 years without a cup and the horrible ref calls in crucial games recently.

  13. sufferingleaf says:

    Typical Leaf move bring back an old guy give up young talent and decent draft pick 2nd round. Were probally not making the playoffs why bring in Perrault by the time were ready for a cup (2020 ?) Perrault will be long gone.
    Yes the time to trade Sundin is now , same thing were not even close to winning a cup (blinded Leaf fans wake up) by the time we are Sundin will be using a cane get something for him while he's still worth something. Who cares if he wants to finish his career here I want to win a cup. If he loves it so much here he would except a trade and come back as a free agent.  Look at the goodf teams traded away veterans and went with high picks and youth it's about time the Leafs did the same.   

  14. WeedIan says:

    He will resign once they are able to both say no we arn't picking up the option.

    He's a team player, who knows maybe he'll sign for less then 4 million a year.

    Either way the leafs will gain 2 mill in cap room to cover tucker's raise.

  15. PaulK123 says:

     Buddy, we aint dumping sundin, well just re-work his contract in the off-season

  16. Toonces99 says:

    If the leafs do not exercise Sundin's option, they cannot sign him for one full year….

  17. Toonces99 says:

    For those that seem to think that the leafs could just decline the option then re-work a deal, you are dead wrong,…in the event the leafs do not exercise Sundin’s option, he becomes a UFA but the CBA rules state he would not be able to sign with the team that did not pick up his option for one full NHL year….Make of it what you will, but the Leafs will have to pick up his option, unless the NHL allows the leafs the same options as they did in the New Jersey case where Lou made a big deal that it was a pre lock-out deal that the team should be able to alter the terms on a club option year….

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