The Toronto Maple Leafs should get an infusion of talent tomorrow night (against Tampa) as Captain Mats Sundin is set to return from his frightning eye injury. Sundin has missed all but 7 minutes of this young season. Any fan will tell you that missing their captain (and arguably most talented player) is a really bad dream. Well, Leafs fans, this dream appears to be nearing its end, and none too soon. The Leafs held up pretty well without Sundin, going 6-5-1 without him (the first OT loss to Ottawa doesn’t count…He played). According to NHL.com, Sundin skated in between Jeff O’Neil and Alexei Ponikarovsky in practise today and will likely wear a visor.While some may argue that the Leafs did not play up to their potential without their captain, I disbelieve anyone that says that the addition of Sundin to the roster will not improve this team. Sundin will probably be centering the first line, and this leaves Quinn in a bit of a predicament: how do you handle Lindros and Allison?
Personally, I’d put Lindros on the second line, as he’s the one that picked up pace and has been playing quite well. Sure, Allison’s played well, but Lindros is playing better, and one should reward that with more ice time.