Sundin Back?

Sources:, TML home page

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, 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.

76 Responses to Sundin Back?

  1. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Yeah, my mistake, the Canucks too………..Can’t believe I left them out. Sorry.

  2. Ace_Bailey says:

    We can say we made the playoffs and played valiantly against one of the best teams in the league. There’s no shame in that.

  3. Ace_Bailey says:

    Sundin so far has 2 pts in a 4-1 lead over the Lightning. Nope, doesn’t look like he’s helping the team at all. I mean, he’s only the captain. The captain has no role on the team.

  4. Ace_Bailey says:

    I know it’s pretty easy to get off in Ottawa but try not to cream your shorts 🙂

  5. propiro98 says:

    as long as it took ottawa to score their first goal that night……In no time at all!

  6. habs79 says:

    They said Wellwood was sent down on the show, I didn’t see the game tonight so I don’t know if he was there or not. As for Belak being the enforcer, well that was a great job he did on Justin Williams, letting him skate off untouched after he tripped up Belfour. Then he did it a second time and skated off untouched.

  7. dcz28 says:

    I have to say that one was funny lol

  8. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    ok hockey and i tell it how i see it.

  9. thatleafsguy says:

    Belak has a shattered nose he can’t fight at the moment and Wellwood played against Tampa last night.

  10. shapter07 says:

    the leafs and oilers are both 2 games over. the leafs will play their 2nd game of the season against a sub .500 club (washington) today. not every team has been beating up on the columbus, chicago, st louis of the league. Edmonton is not a good team as witnessed by their losing streak. good luck jannety

    PS. Jussi is a good backup goalie, he shouldnt be a #1

  11. Marky2Fresh says:

    Your ass got owned by shapter07

  12. 92-93 says:

    oh lord. belak is to leaf fans as Newman was to Seinfeld.

    Belak!! (clenches fist)

  13. 92-93 says:

    wait a sec …

    you are going to make an issue out of a fan defending their team in a hockey argument!?!?!

    oh, and i suppose the next thing you are going to say is : ‘well at least non-leaf fans don’t defend their team all the time like leaf fans do.’ — total BS.

  14. habs79 says:

    Well then I guess I must have misunderstood what was said, like I said I didn’t hear the whole interview. Maybe they were discussing the possiblity of him being sent down. As for Belak, if he can’t fight then he is completely useless and should not be playing.

  15. 92-93 says:

    sundin has had 70 game winning goals since he has joined the leafs. period.

    i have and will continue to IGNORE – that means i won’t even CONSIDER – any agruments that challenges Sundin’s leadership capabilities or the impact he has on the Leafs squad. Its one thing for guys like Allison, O’Neill, Lindros, or one of the three young guys to go down. that would hurt the club’s depth. but none of the aformentioned injuries can even compare to negative consequences that go along with a sundin injury.

    Also, I know why alot of people are ignoring the exploits of Steen (he’s considered a ‘european’ by Cherry – well, he was born in winnipeg but whatever, and his kind of smart play rarely produces a highlight-reel goal). but by the year’s end, people will be chanting this kid’s name. he’s just a flat-out smart player and is going to have a solid NHL career. Wellwood’s fine, but he seems too unreliable. hopefully he’ll mature and work on other parts of his game but he just doesn’t have the smarts that Steen has. Both Wellwood and Kronvall should NOT be sent down to the marlies. let Belak or Perrott go on the waivers, watch them not get claimed by anyone, and (if youre JFJ) wonder why that is.

  16. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Kovalev is a winger u retard. He can’t be a center. Get your facts straight. Atleast when i wrote it, I had people that actually played the positions, so it was possible.

  17. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    about belak and perrott i would be more confused if they were claimed on waivers then if they werent.

    czerkawski could be but on that list as well

  18. 92-93 says:

    totally agree.

    those guys are just taking up some very precious space and salary that could be put towards another second-line defensman or room for the younger players to come up and play.

  19. dcz28 says:

    I think an injury to Belfour ( even if he is not on top of his game right now) would hurt but even more if McCabe or Kaberly would get hurt since they lack depth and those guys play more minutes per game then anyone else on the team aside from the goalies…think about it…if McCabe goes down with a long term injury who will play his minutes?

  20. 92-93 says:

    true, i was mainly talking about injuries on their forward lines.

  21. 92-93 says:

    nathan perrott traded to dallas for a low-round draft pick.

    good move JFJ.

  22. 92-93 says:

    these past two games pretty much epitomizes the 2005-6 toronto maple leafs. defeat the defending cup champs by a score of 5-3 (almost blowing a 4-1 lead) and then lose to the lowly capitals 5-4. in any case, the leafs can compete with the best but haven’t been consistent enough to make a solid run up the standings just yet. the leafs also lost numerous games at home during the last season to teams like the pens and canes and yet beat a team like the Sens 6-0 in the final game of the season in ottawa.

    as i said in my earlier post, good minor move from JFJ on letting go of Perrott for a draft pick (i think its a conditional 6th round pick). the players that SHOULD be on there way out next are Belak and Czerkawski but i don’t think anyone will take them. on a positive note: the leafs have 2 rookies among the leaders in rookie scoring so far in this very young season – Steen and Wellwood are both in the top 7 in scoring.

  23. 92-93 says:

    perrott’s trade clears 450K from toronto payroll.


    Belak 665K

    Berg $1.06 million

    Czerkwaski 500K

    total: $2.23 million.

    makes sense, and therefore, it will not be done.

  24. LeafsLegacy says:

    Perrot to Dallas -this adds 450 off the the team salary? And if so would the leafs be in a pursiut for a defenceman?

  25. habs79 says:

    Your assuming GM’s are willing to take those players at that salary. JFJ is lucky he found someone to take Parrot. If he made more than $450, he would not have been dealt.

  26. thatleafsguy says:

    that is the stupidest rebuttle i have ever heard, you are actually correcting my response nonsense to your initial nonsense, buddy get a life.

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