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Iginla vs. Sundin (Two Poll Options)

View Poll Results: Who is the better player / Who would you rather start a franchise with
Sundin is the better player 77 47.24%
Iginla is the better player 76 46.63%
I'd rather start a franchise with Sundin 96 58.90%
I'd rather start a franchise with Iginla 55 33.74%
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03-28-2013, 01:34 PM
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Iginla vs. Sundin (Two Poll Options)

Someone brought up a point that Iginla is the most important player on a Canadian franchise since Patrick Roy. The first name that comes up between the era of Roy and Iginla is Sundin. Sundin had a couple big years but throughout his career he was a steady PPG player. Iginla had a few big years and was always either 10 points under PPG or 10 points over PPG - both players not having much of a supporting cast.


The question(s):

Who is the better player
Which player would you rather start a franchise with

Vote for both options.


Edit: Comes off a bit biased but worth mentioning that Iginla has 2 rockets, art ross and 4 top 10 point finishes, Sundin has 1 top 10 point finish.

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03-28-2013, 02:19 PM
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This is such a tough choice. As a Leafs fan, I love Sundin, and as a Canadian, I love Iginla. Sundin is a Hall of Famer and Iginla is a lock to be one. If I had to choose who I'd rather start a franchise with, I'd choose Sundin, but only because he's a center, and maybe because of a tiny bit of Leafs homerism. However, I'd be just as happy to have Iginla too. As far as who was the better player, that's too close to call in my opinion. I respect the hell out of both of them, and they're both absolute legends.

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03-28-2013, 02:24 PM
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Sundin because he's a center. I LOVE Iginla though.

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03-28-2013, 02:26 PM
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I will start by saying I am bias.

I still think Mats is overall a slightly better hockey player (over their careers). He was a big strong center, with soft hands, and was a powerful skater. He never had a down season, and he was as clutch as they come. He also raised his game when he played with elite players (91 and 96 World Cups, 02 and 06 Olympucs)

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03-28-2013, 02:33 PM
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I think Iginla was the better player but Sundin was a center which makes it easier to build around and Sundin also played with less talent than Iginla(hard to believe that is possible) so the difference probably isn't that large.

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03-28-2013, 02:43 PM
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I've always wondered how good Iggy would have looked beside Sundin. If i had to choose id go with sundin. Not having a legit #1 center sucks

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03-28-2013, 03:04 PM
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Both are great, but Iginla was the 'complete' hockey player that Mats never was.

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03-28-2013, 03:07 PM
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Both are great, but Iginla was the 'complete' hockey player that Mats never was.
In what department did Sundin lack do you mean? Great leader, great shot (esp backhand), good skater, big size and so on.

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In what department did Sundin lack do you mean? Great leader, great shot (esp backhand), good skater, big size and so on.
Fighting, hitting... Being Canadian. lol

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Iginla and Sundin are comparable in so many ways. I'd take Sundin, I don't mind Flames fans picking Iggy either. Both great players.

Born leaders for their team that did everything to help them win...but Iginla never had the perfect center and always put up points, Sundin never had the wingers and he lead the Leafs in every statistical category every year.

Would have been great if we could get Iginla 10 years ago haha.

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Iginla had the better top end seasons, but Sundin was more consistent. In the end, they're pretty close, but I think I'd go with a slight edge to Iggy. For the record though, Sundin has two top 10 finishes

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03-28-2013, 03:37 PM
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Went with Iginla is the better players, would rather start a franchise with Mats.

#1 Centers man. I firmly believe it's a lot easier to get complementary Wingers to make look competent next to an elite center than to go a complementary Center to make look competent next to an elite Winger. The great center will elevate the average Winger's production while the bad center will limit the great winger's capabilities.

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sundin was the model of consistency....whereas iggy has usually been a bit streaky. iggy was more dominant in his prime I think but overall this has to be sundin

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The only way I can see a logical argument to be made for Iggy is intangibles. Sundin clearly has the better stats... he's just missing the one big year to rack up the hardware that Iggy has.

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Top 10 finishes

Iginla

Points
2001-02 NHL 96 (1)
2007-08 NHL 98 (3)
2008-09 NHL 89 (8)
2010-11 NHL 86 (6)

Goals
2001-02 NHL 52 (1)
2003-04 NHL 41 (1)
2007-08 NHL 50 (3)
2010-11 NHL 43 (3)

Assists
2008-09 NHL 54 (10)

Sundin

Points
1996-97 NHL 94 (7)
2001-02 NHL 80 (4)

Goals
1997-98 NHL 33 (10)
2001-02 NHL 41 (2)
2002-03 NHL 37 (8)

Assists
1998-99 NHL 52 (10)

I voted Iginla for both.

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Sundin, but Iggy had the higher peak.

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Jarome made one deep trip in the Playoffs and a whole whack of 1st round exits.

Sundin far more games in the playoffs.

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I Chose:

- "Iginla is the better player"

- "I'd rather start a franchise with Sundin"

I think Iginla is better but Sundin being a C makes him a bit better as a franchise center piece.

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Jarome made one deep trip in the Playoffs and a whole whack of 1st round exits.

Sundin far more games in the playoffs.
Where did the Leafs ever go with Sundin? The only time they made it past the second round, he was injured.

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Tough one.

Build around Sundin.

Iginla was better but not much better.

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Iginla is the better player, but if you're starting a franchise you have to choose Sundin. He gives you stability at what is arguably the most important position for a decade and a half. Having a franchise wing is by no means chopped liver, but wing is simply less valuable than center and RW is more replaceable than LW because of the number of RH shots in the league.

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03-28-2013, 08:55 PM
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You can almost not get a better overall top line center then Sundin imo. He is all around everything you want. A skilled giant who consistently put up 70+ points. Hes one of those players that you could call better when he gets 70 pts then a player who was PPG because of what he brings to the team.

Even point wise Iginla doesn't match up with him in the end. Iginla had bigger point seasons, and more of them but he just doesn't play center which really makes it the breaking point imo.

Iginla as a center makes this A LOT closer.

This is coming from a Leafs fan whos Dad works for the Flames (Not hockey side lol)

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Sundin for both options.

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Jarome made one deep trip in the Playoffs and a whole whack of 1st round exits.

Sundin far more games in the playoffs.
Yeah but Iginla has a Cup ring.

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I'm a Leafs fan who lives in Calgary soooo Sundin wins

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