If the Leafs make the playoffs, Sundin deserves the Hart Trophy

The Toronto Maple Leafs, in all likelyhood, will not make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, sorry Leaf fans, last nights slaughtering of the Ottawa Senators was more proof that the Sens are over rated, then the Leafs being under rated. The Leafs are a team with their top goal scorers being Darcy Tucker, and Chad Kilger, (other then Sundin of course) who are both second liners, at best, and it has become painfully obvious, that whether he is the leagues outstanding player or not, a Leafs playoff appearance will mean a Hart trophy performance from Mats Sundin.The last time I saw a player as valuable to his team as Sundin is, was Mario Lemieux. I’m not saying Sundin is anywhere near as good a player, or captain then Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, or the rest, but Mats Sundin is the only thing holding his team together, at least the others were given a supporting cast, Mats Sundin IS the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Some players need the attention, Eric Lindros needs to be a first line player, or else he won’t perform. The first year he wasn’t the biggest thing on the team (New York, 2003) he had a terrible year, and once he was thrust into the role Sundin filled at the beginning of last year, Lindros performed. Last year the Leafs had someone like Lindros to fall back on, but now, with Mats Sundin, thankfully being that type of player, that thrives in the spotlight, will have no one to fall back on, as he attempts to lead this team to a playoff spot, something that alone will be ridiculously difficult, let alone winning the teams first Stanley Cup in 40 years.

So now we look at the Leafs team, and other then the captain, the top scorers are supposed to be Tucker, Kilger, Ponikarovsky, Wellwood, and Steen? Hardly a playoff top six, and if the team makes the playoffs, not only will need an MVP performance from the Captain, but even if they don’t see it, and make the playoffs, Mats Sundin will still be deserving of it, because no player in the National Hockey League means more to his teams success then Mats Sundin does. Thornton, best player in the league, but he’s got Cheechoo, and Marleau, and Hannan, and Toskala. Jagr has Shanahan, Rucinsky, and Straka, Lidstrom has Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Chelios. Pronger and Niedermayer have eachother, plus Teemu Selanne, Crosby has Recchi, Leclair, Gonchar, Fleury, and Malkin, Ovechkin has no one, but, well, that team isn’t going to succeed… who does Mats Sundin have? Darcy Tucker….

It may sound repetitive, but if the Toronto Maple Leafs are to be a playoff calibre team, they need a Stanley Cup calibre captain.

-L


10 Responses to If the Leafs make the playoffs, Sundin deserves the Hart Trophy

  1. curtman96 says:

    Go ***** yourself with your negativity towards the Leafs. Watch a month or two of the season and then draw your conclusions. No shit Sundin has to play well, so does every captain in the league if they want their team in the playoffs genious…. “Pronger and Niedermayer have eachother, plus Teemu Selanne, Crosby has Recchi, Leclair, Gonchar, Fleury, and Malkin…” Team chemistry wins championships, not two players.

  2. I-BE-LEAF says:

    “It may sound repetitive”
    *NEWSFLASH, LeafyMcLeaf* – everything you write is exactly that.

    in fact, my stool has more variation in it’s posts and it looks like crap!

    last i saw, this site was for rumors. yet time and time again, your posts are based in your repetitive opinion which is filled with a lack of faith for a team you seem to loath.

    it seems the leafs really get under your skin.
    congratualtions, you do the same to me.

    do us all a favour, leave, and find a chat site that’s dedicated to hating the leafs. allow others to post and read rumors about a team they do have faith in.

    thanks.

  3. Turnbull says:

    Whats your problem???

    Whats wrong with Darcy Tucker scoring goals?? He had more goals then Kovalev last year and almost double the goals of Koivu! (not trying to rip on the habs, just rember those stats)

    Your argument makes absolutely no sense. Just because the guys who are scoring the goals aren’t regarded as “superstars” (besides sundin) that means that the leafs aren’t going to make the playoffs???? Who cares who scores them as long as they score! And tucker has proven that he’s capable of scoring 25-35 goals.

    I agree that Sundin is extremely valuable to this team and without him the leafs would almost surely miss the playoffs but the same can be said for many other teams as well. What do you think would happen if the Rangers lost Jagr?? Or the flames lost Iginla?? Or Vancouver lost Naslund?? Or Carolina lost Staal?? Or Colorado lost Sakic?? etc….You get the point?? Almost any team would be in tough to make the playoffs if they lost their leading scorer/best player.

    So stop posting these absurd articles just for the sake of ranting about how bad you think the leafs are! Every post you make is the same stupid, repetitive nonsense that never goes anywhere, and im sure Im not the only one whose sick of reading them.

  4. koolcracker says:

    Close to the worst post ever. How the hell do you call yourself a freaking leaf fan, if youre already telling the world they wont make the playoffs two freaking games into the season. Nd not only are you doing that, you are doing it without any *****ing reason or explanation. They just came off of two great games played. And who are you to say who is “first line material”? and that Darcy Tucker and Chad Kilger are second line players at best. I know this analogy has been used an unbelievable amount of times, but think of last years edmonton oilers when you try to tell yourself all the players on the leafs suck. Pick up a new hobby.

  5. the_word says:

    Wow, Leafy you may actually have more repetive posts that 92-93 (we get you don’t like Gill & Kubina). But Leafy, lets breakdown your article.

    Exhibit A, Lindros had a terrible 1st year in New York. Actually he was named team MVP that year, played almost a full season and was quite productive.

    Exhibit B, the Leafs offense outside of Mats is dependant on Tucker, Kilger, Poni, Wellwood & Steen. Considering the Leafs signed Kubina and already had McCabe and Kaberele this team was built to get offense from the back end. Kubina and Kabby have the ability to make good cross ice pass to take advantage of no red line and with McCabe and Kubina’s shot the power play should be consistently a threat (and in this NHL they’ll see many powerplays).

    I also like ask who did Eric Staal have in the playoffs last year? Cole? Nope, Recchi? He’s no Tucker, umm….. Rod Brindamour? Not a superstar….

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    “Wow, Leafy you may actually have more repetive posts that 92-93 (we get you don’t like Gill & Kubina).”

    I actually like Hal Gill, he just sucks.

    ” But Leafy, lets breakdown your article.”

    Go ahead

    ” Exhibit A, Lindros had a terrible 1st year in New York. Actually he was named team MVP that year, played almost a full season and was quite productive.”

    Please learn to read, I never said anything about his “first season in New York”, I said he had a terrible 2003 season, and in 81 games, someone of Lindros’s stature should score more then 19 goals.

    “Exhibit B, the Leafs offense outside of Mats is dependant on Tucker, Kilger, Poni, Wellwood & Steen.”

    Which is pure truth.

    “Considering the Leafs signed Kubina and already had McCabe and Kaberele this team was built to get offense from the back end.”

    McCabe, who is totally reliant on Kaberle, and Kubina… ya, with all the goals he scored last year!

    “Kubina and Kabby have the ability to make good cross ice pass to take advantage of no red line”

    Yes, they can pass, and they do pass, and keep passing, and eventually, the power play is finnished.

    “and with McCabe and Kubina’s shot the power play should be consistently a threat (and in this NHL they’ll see many powerplays).”

    Too predictable, if there’s a guy on McCabe on the powerplay, they can’t score, and the Leafs fail to use their powerplay.

    “I also like ask who did Eric Staal have in the playoffs last year? Cole? Nope, Recchi? He’s no Tucker, umm….. Rod Brindamour? Not a superstar….”

    Now Staal has Cole, and btw, Recchi is better then Tucker, and Brind’Amour and his 70 points would say he’s better too.

  7. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    So basically because I’m a Leafs fan, I can’t say they are a failure? I don’t think anyone can dispute that they suck right now.

    Well, as terrible as Smyth, Hemsky, Horcoff, Stoll, and Torres were, especially compared to Tucker, and Kilger, they were even just a fluke.

  8. koolcracker says:

    I was obviously disputing that they suck. WHat have tehy done so far to indicate that?

  9. mojo19 says:

    hey leafy. As much as I disagree with the way you feel about the team overall, I think this was a pretty good article and I agree with your overall point that Mats Sundin is one of the most valuable guys in the league, and if he has a great year and the Leafs make the playoffs, he should definitely get some MVP consideration.

    And on a side note, I like Hal Gill and Kubina. Gill has looked really good back there so far through 3 games. Always in position, tough to get around, kills penalties realy well, and is great in the corners and in front of the net.

  10. the_word says:

    It’s 92-93 that whines about Kubina & Gill not you sweetheart, although I’m not surprised you’d be excited about the Leafs signing Gill because you seem to love players whose performance peeked in 1999.

    Lindros was injured, when he played he was producitve.

    McCabe is too predictable, because he’ll shoot? McCabe maybe has the best shot in the league. There was this guy who used to play called Al McInnis, he had a good shot too, and teams knew he’d use it on the power play and yet it was still an assist, so to is McCabe’s shot.

    Dollar for dollar (outside of guys like Crosby and other superstars who are subject to an entry level contracts) Tucker is the best player in the NHL at 1.5/year.

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