Wouldn't that be awesome? As all of you know, after his contract has run out, he's returning to Sweden. Although he's classy, I would hate to see him leave (I think it's in the next 3 years). Do you think there's any way he'll re-sign with the 'Nucks?
As much as I hate it, and as do others Canuck fans, Naslund is one classy guy who doesnt care about his records [Messier style], and doesnt play only for the money (yeah hell, I would also be like that after 5+ million per year). The only thing tying him down in Vancouver is a contract, and his commitment to the teams success, but when either one of those things end, which is inevitable, he will leave for Sweden.
Don't get me wrong, I love this city, but , IMO, its definently not a good place to raise kids. He wants his children to go to school in Sweden, and his oldest daughter is, I think, about less than a year away from school age. He has bought an enormous property near O-vik, he plans on building a house there very soon. Besides, its not like he will be out of hockey; Forsberg and Naslund apparently have made plans to play for MoDo.
And if there is indeed a lock-out as many pundits predict, then the minute chance of Naslund staying are decreased to basicly, zero.
Naslund never said that he would leave after his current contract, or after this year....
he said that he wouldn't stick around till his late 30s and hold on to the game, like so many vets do these days...
he never ruled out signing an extension after his current deal expires (which is after next year) - although he made it clear if he does sign an extension it wouldnt' be a long one.
I'm not convinced he's gone in 2 years yet... he's still young (only 30) and could sign for another year or two after his current contract if he feels it's the right thing to do - if the team is where he wants them to be.... he's not going to sign with another team though after this.
but even if he does decide to leave after next year, or even this year, if there is a lockout, well, my hats off to him... he's been a great player for us, and has helped us as much or more than any other player in the last few years to take us back to respectability..... we will survive after he's gone, but no doubt every canuck fan, and most hockey fans, will miss his presense in the nhl.