What a joke ... He doesnt believe in Rentals... The leafs are not making the playoffs in all likelyhood .. they could get a lot for him.. help rebuild the team and then come back in the off season... He just took 2 starters off the leafs team for next year... He is being selfish. And I hate the leafs so much that I am happy he is staying put.. a trade would have been the biggest building block they could have started with!
Talk about damned if you do, damned if you don't....Sundin is going to take a ton of heat. It will be interesting to see if he re-signs with the Leafs next season, now that he's thrown a bit of a monkey wrench into their "re-building" plans.
and if the Leafs stink next year...which they will....will he be the focus of Leaf fans rage?
Not necessarily...Atlanta wants immediate help from that deal(NHL players) and I'm not sure how many teams are willing to do that. Lots of teams got burnt by rentals last year so I don't see a huge bidding war like Smyth Forsberg and co
Boston was not willing to move Kessel for him...maybe their best offer is Ryder plus Subban/Pacioretty/O'byrne plus a 1st.
Anaheim won't put Edmonton's 1st rounder on the table.
"I cannot leave my teammates and join another NHL Club at this time. I have never believed in the concept of a rental player. It is my belief that winning the Stanley Cup is the greatest thing you can achieve in hockey but for me, in order to appreciate it you have to have been part of the entire journey and that means October through June. I hope everyone will understand and respect my decision."
He gets my respect. I hate players who join the team in April, and win the cup, its just not the same as starting at the beginning.