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02-10-2012, 06:00 PM
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I remember how pissed the Hab fans were because they had been saying for months Sundin would never come to such a loser franchise like Vancouver.

I believe they traded for Scott Gomez shortly after.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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A lot of people look at the original offer and how Sundin wound up playing but the original offer was for an "all in" Mats Sundin instead of a guy who spent half the season on a honeymoon.

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I remember how pissed the Hab fans were because they had been saying for months Sundin would never come to such a loser franchise like Vancouver.

I believe they traded for Scott Gomez shortly after.

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We were a loser franchise, weren't we?


Ha hah. Thanks Sundin. Thanks Gillis.

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The RPM line was the first real '2nd line' AV had with the Canucks. A shame it took 2 and a half seasons before he had any semblance of scoring depth.

Probably the most important thing he brought to this club was a professionalism that the Sedins and the whole team learned from, as well as the maturation of Kesler. His impact went far beyond the 28 points he scored.

Congrats to him on having his number retired. What a class act all the way through. I also loved that Mats was in attendance cheering us on during the playoffs!

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Didn't look amazing on paper, even after our short playoff run.

Looking back? Oh man - amazing signing!

He embodied intangibles - many young guns learned a ton from him.

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It might not seem like it, but Sundin played a big role in putting Vancouver on the map as a legitimate UFA destination. When a player like Sundin makes a decision, others notice. Huge part of Gillis' plan in transforming the club.

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Sundin was a great signing and ended up being a very effective player for us. The rest of the team let him down that year, IMO.

I still can't believe Demitra's gone. I think I missed that piece of news entirely when it happened somehow so now I'm just in shock every time I'm reminded of it because it feels like some weird deja vu.

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02-11-2012, 02:48 AM
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I don't know about 'let him down.' Every one of them was still figuring out their stuff.

Sad about Demitra. I was thinking about their line earlier, but did not occur to me he was gone.

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Grrrrr.. hate the Blackhawks. Would have been amazing to not only bring a cup to Vancouver for the first time, but do a Ray Borque for Mats and finish off his great career as a winner.

Chicago ruins everything good in this world.

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I remember watching this and hoping Grabovski would score so that Sundin would get a chance to shoot.

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02-11-2012, 07:24 AM
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Not thread-worthy unless you backlink to the threads when Gillis was given the keys to the kingdom (panned by almost all, including myself who figured Nonis deserved another 10 months)

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To say that Mats "gave us a break" on his contract may be a stretch. He received over 5 million to play half a season, maybe he wasn't Messier but there wasn't much value there that season.

He did have a pretty solid playoffs tho, and once he got put together with kesler it seemed like the team really took off and hasn't looked back since. Sedins got going, kesler got going and for the first time since AV took over the team had a quality offensive attack to go along with their all-star goalie.

I still remember his slapper down the wing against the hawks in game 5 as one of my biggest cheers.

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To say that Mats "gave us a break" on his contract may be a stretch. He received over 5 million to play half a season, maybe he wasn't Messier but there wasn't much value there that season.

He did have a pretty solid playoffs tho, and once he got put together with kesler it seemed like the team really took off and hasn't looked back since. Sedins got going, kesler got going and for the first time since AV took over the team had a quality offensive attack to go along with their all-star goalie.

I still remember his slapper down the wing against the hawks in game 5 as one of my biggest cheers.
That's *ALL* that counts though (post season play trumps regular season play). Sole reason I put up with Samuelsson during the regular season (Sammy's Kings playoff series output). We had just too many forwards having an indifferent to medicore round in the Hawks series.

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I don't know about 'let him down.' Every one of them was still figuring out their stuff.

Sad about Demitra. I was thinking about their line earlier, but did not occur to me he was gone.
Figure out their stuff?

I just mean most of the team besides Sundin were awful against Chicago that series. I don't recall them having many excuses that year.

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It was a positive experience that easily could have turned out terribly if he'd taken the two year deal.

Sundin made everyone around him better, especially Kesler. He was almost our best player by the end of the Hawks series.

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02-11-2012, 06:05 PM
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Gillis knew what he was doing with Sundin's 10 million contract (even the 2-year offer). He kept praising Sundin's character, and I personally believe that Gillis knew that Sundin would not take the 2-year offer unless he fully intended to play.

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02-11-2012, 06:23 PM
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I think if Mats played the entire year in Vancouver he would have looked like a different player.

He was terrific his last season in Toronto at age 37.

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It was touching to see Mats so emotional at his retirement ceremony. Congrats!

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Surprised he didn't mention Demitra in talking about fallen teammates and coaches.

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To say that Mats "gave us a break" on his contract may be a stretch. He received over 5 million to play half a season, maybe he wasn't Messier but there wasn't much value there that season.
No, he got $5,626,500 for the full season. Further it wasn't many top players hanging around waiting to fling itself into the Canucks camp.

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I always liked the Sundin signing. There were a lot of people saying he wasn't worth the money and I never really understood that. Sedins were making like 3 million each. Kesler was making something like 1.7 Burrows 500k. Everyone knew those forwards were due for raises but why wouldn't you spend up to the cap waiting for that to happen? It makes no sense to me, it's not like we had to say goodbye to the Sedins or anybody else to make this happen.

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Surprised he didn't mention Demitra in talking about fallen teammates and coaches.
I think he did. If not, then he did in his presser afterwards.

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