Mats Sundin Needs to Have an Heir But Who?

Mats Sundin is still and elite player and a great leader. However, his years are getting to him. Now im not going out and saying get rid of him like many people on this website would. Sundin will need a heir and it will cost us. Our absolute best option would be send a package and steal one of Malkin or Staal but in all likely hood that wont happen. Our second best option would be making this trade.

Patrice Bergeron
Kumelin, 2nd rounder, Matt Stajan

That seems a bit crazy but Bergeron could be just what we need. He can pass and score and be an heir to Sundin.

I am going to go back to the Pittsburgh deal which could only happen if we overwhelmed them with quality players.

Jordan Staal

Kumelin, Steen, 13th pick this year, Hal Gill, Poni

Yes its not all that much talent but eventually Staal or Malkin will leave due to lack of cap. They will both be 7 million dollar men and they wont be able to afford that. Kumelin was Malkins linemate and they showed great chemestry. Steen could somewhat replace Staals defencive abilities. Hal Gill can take pk minutes and Poni can chip in 20 goals.
pls Brugmanus go easy on this.

15 Responses to Mats Sundin Needs to Have an Heir But Who?

  1. FarFromFreedom says:

    why would you trade steen and Kulemin plus Poni for Staal? i dont see why you would throw away 3 great players who will definatly be a major part of this team for years to come for one single player who will cost more one day then those 3 together? .. that trade doesnt make sense to me and to be honest i wouldnt even dare to trade Kulemin .. Kulemin was a steal in last years draft .. the ISS had him placed at 14th overall others had him a late 1st round pick. i dont understand why so many teams didnt bother to take him .. i guess they saw who he played with and thot thats where all his points came from .. but in a all defensive league he put up 28 goals this year .. played on a 2nd line .. thats pretty damn impressive. Poni will eventually be a 30 goal player for the Leafs and im predicting next season. Steen will probbaly never be a 30 goal scorer but mainly around 25 goals and 60 points throughout his career but a great 2 way player. i just wouldnt throw all that away for a player like Staal who will get 40 goals a season someday. I liked the Bergeron deal .. i just wouldnt have Kulemin in the deal.

  2. Glucker says:

    im not gonna lie, the first trade doesnt look so bad, im not sure they'd take it, and it may screw the leafs if Kulemin plays like he did in the RSL, and if Stajan meets his potential, and if that 2nd round pick isnt the next cammalleri… you know what, no, bad trade.

    as for the second trade… 3 players with great potential + our first round pick + a guy who is killer on the PK and has had a career year for goals for 1 guy who, while good, isnt really a star? no

    the Sundin's heir has to come from within the organization, that way the players will respect him, and he will be the face of the team. imo tucker or kaberle are gonna be the interim captain until wellwood or stajan are ready to take the reins

  3. leafmeister says:

    Yeah it is alot maybe more like those players for Staal and Letang. That might be a bit much but you never know. There is alot coming in that package.

  4. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Kyle Wellwood will replace Sundin.

  5. Glucker says:

    or stajan

  6. Sedin23 says:

    Your joking right? If you give up Wellwood, 1st rounder (this years), and Steen you might get either Staal or Bergeron. Those trades were jokes. I honestly don't think they weren't fair trades, but do you think Boston and Pittsburgh are going to look for a fair trade, or an entire team which they could probably get for those two guys?

  7. mojo19 says:

    I really don't think Stajan is all that amazing, and he'll never replace what Sundin does on the ice. But Stajan could still turn into a mean 2-way 2nd line centre, who puts up a consistant 40-60 pts per season for a long time. And I could totally see him captaining this team a few years from now.

    But realistically if Mats retires after next year McCabe will unfortuneately be the captain. He's just next on the pecking order and he's vocal.

  8. Scottman75 says:

    Bergeron is nowhere near Sundin in Talent…

    Staal, although extremely talented, is too young to fact the pressures of Toronto especially if any form of leadership expectations are placed on him.  (think of Rick Vaive, Russ Courtnall)

    Back to the drawing board.

  9. AHLoldie says:

    As usual. Toronto fans overestimate their talent.  Then they wonder why they don't make the playoffs.  The Pens wouldn't trade Staal for all three of those marginal players.  Maybe in Toronto they're worth Staal, but not in Pittsburgh.  About three hours ago, I had the chance to talk to Pens coach Michael Therrien in a local restaurant, and discussed the Canadian/Finish game.  I wished I had known about this Post because it would have been an interesting discussion.

  10. Hoondog2 says:

    This is crazy, trading that many quality players away is exactly what the Leafs need to avoid.  Our next captain will probably be Tucker, which suits me fine.  Tucker wears his heart on his sleeve, plays the game hard, and as he matures, he is taking on a Gilmour type quality.  Tucker can take the reins as captain, until a star becomes available through U.F.A..  Next year Marleau, Thornton, Aginla, and Heatley will all be U.F.A. and the year after that there will be more.  With the new C.B.A. you can get these types of players as they get into their best years, so why trade away talent?  Before anyone argues that we can't get these types of players, look at the U.F.A. that various teams signed last year. 

  11. Hoondog2 says:

    We may overestimate our talent, but everybody else underestimates it.  There is some kind of crazy myth that Toronto couldn't possibly have good young players.  I got news for you, it is wrong!  Myth busted!!!!

  12. tucksfan says:

    i think kaberle will get the C

  13. leafmeister says:

    I dont mean in terms of leadership I mean in terms of getting 70-80 points a season. As much as I like Tucker his capacity is 60 points. Wellwood might reach 70 points next year, possably 80 but if he gets injured again we will not have anyone to replace him. It is Iginla not Aginla.

  14. Hoondog2 says:

    You're right, i am a retard!

  15. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Why the ***** would Pittsburgh give Staal for that? Ponikarovsky will have a career scoring as many points as Staal gets goals, Steen is worthless, most overrated prospect in hockey. Kumelin MAY be a solid grinder, Hal Gill is slow and expensive, and what do you really see getting out of the 13th pick?

    Come on, again, you give two guys who could maybe be solid defensive guys, and Selke candidates if we're lucky, and in return, we get an all-star scorer? Why the ***** would the Bruins do that?

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