Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sundin to Vancouver?

The Satellite Hotstove panel was talking about the possibilities of Mats Sundin coming to Toronto by the trade deadline, with Al Strachan being the most vocal about it. Well I think Strachan is too far East to really understand what goes on here in the West. I do not think Sundin is heading to Vancouver for the following reasons:

1. Nonis is cheap. You can almost guarantee Nonis is going to go thrift shopping at the deadline and pick up another Smolinski type. Why would he radically change from last year and spend big bucks on a bigger-name player to help the Canucks' potential scoring woes in the playoffs? He hasn't done it before and I don't see him doing it now.
The one panelist suggested that Nonis would only trade for a player who he could sign in the summer. I don't know if that is true or not.

2. Hey, I love being the devils' advocate. My guess is that by the trade deadline the Leafs won't be too far from a playoff spot, and probably won't overhaul the team. So Sundin won't jet for greener pastures and bail. Just my guess.

The only way I can see Nonis doing anything drastic is:

1. Morrison is lost longer term and his salary gets dinged off the cap, opening $3.2 million bucks to spend. The Canucks are already comfortably under the cap. Maybe with the financial security, Nonis may be more brave.

2. The deadline deal would have to involve Nonis moving a guy like Morrison in a deal to make more room to sign Sundin at the deadline and in the summer. But you KNOW that JFJ and the Leafs are going to want a shitload for Mats in a swap. Don't see Nonis sacrificing Vancouver's future, unless he honestly feels this team can WIN NOW...which is possible. Even so, I think he'd go for a summer free agent signing, especially if Naslund and/or isn't re-signed by Vancouver, freeing up $9.5 million.

All I'm saying, is that this is trade season, and there's going to be a surplus of rumors (including Forsberg coming to Vancouver, which I can see as more likely because of the pricetag). I'm just not biting on anything that doesn't make sense. And to me, Sundin coming may look nice and give us a great chance, but we'd have to give up too much. Don't bank on it happening.

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At January 19, 2008 at 9:58 p.m. , Blogger James said...

You forgot reason #3: Strachan is a jabbering idiot who is never, ever correct with his bullshit predictions. In fact, by him saying it, it becomes a certainty that it will not happen.

He's the only guy on HNIC that pisses me off even more than don cherry, can't you tell? ;)

As for the leafs, god they suck. They can't even tank the season properly!

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At January 20, 2008 at 5:02 a.m. , Blogger jimbuff said...

Sundin has a no trade clause and I can not see him waving it unless him has a chance to win the cup. Sorry but that probably won't be Vancouver this season.

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PS. Nice to see the nucks lose last night.


At January 20, 2008 at 8:45 a.m. , Blogger Mike said...

What is the point exactly of paying a ton for rental so we have two UFA Swedish players at the end of the season? Seems pointless...Nonis may be cheap, but if he's going to move picks, Morrison and another body or two he better get more in return then a 36 year old. Let a team like the Avs or Rangers do something stupid like that; better to target a player who will actually help the team now and later (and offshoot losing Morrison on offense or Bourdon on the depth chart).

At January 20, 2008 at 9:46 a.m. , Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

I like the idea of getting Forsberg better than Sundin: he'd be a lot cheaper because of the injury situation, and he could still help the offense a lot. Sundin could be the last missing piece, but the Canucks have to be playing well enough at the deadline that they can be considered Cup contenders if he's added: otherwise, renting him would be a waste.

At January 20, 2008 at 1:06 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Fiber Optic Cable forgot to post his name as a link.....

I am down with a good deadline rental that puts you over the top, only if it doesn't cost us too much. Look at the Canes. They got Recchi and Weight and those 2 put them over the top. A great gamble there. Has any current Canuck even sniffed the Cup before? Besides Linden. Doesn't Aaron Miller have a Cup ring? That's a good start. I can't remember a team in recent years that won a Cup when NONE of it's players had won a cup before. The Oilers in the early 80's perhaps? It doesn't happen all that often anymore.

Mike: Well, it would be nice to have Sundin over Naslund as captain don't you think? We could sign Mats in the summer and let Markus go..

Matt: damned Flames! Stupid them tho...if the rumors are true...chasing Ollie Jokinen.

Andrew: Forsberg says he is 100% right now. But he'll go to the highest bidder, which probably won't be us.


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