Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sundin closing in on Sittler












A hat trick for Mats Sundin tonight against Boston will tie him with Darryl Sittler for the Leafs' goal scoring record. Sittler played in 844 Leaf games to accomplish that, which is 40-fewer games than Mats has currently played as a Leaf.
Ironically, it was Sittler who advised former Leafs' GM Cliff Fletcher to trade for Sundin back in 1994. The deal went down on June 28th. Sundin, Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and Philadelphia's first-round pick in the 1994 entry draft were acquired by Fletcher from the Quebec Nordiques for Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson and Toronto's first-rounder in 1994.
Sittler won't be too upset when Sundin surpasses him.

"When he passes me -- and he will -- it's fine with me," Sittler said. "It was inevitable. I mean, did I ever think those records would last? No. (But) that will never change the fact that I'll always be proud to be a Leaf."

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