I think maybe 1 or 2 posters said this. Yet you keep repeating that and seemingly include us all in the majority of this opinion. Some us are just saying if they get Sundin you do not just automatically hand the Canucks the division and cup contender status before one game has even been played.
One person wanted it, many feel that t's not that big of a deal seemingly. Mats Sundin being added to any team that wasn't a lottery team last year IS a big deal.
PPG player, solid in the dot, solid ES player, big and strong, veteran leadership, hunger to win a Cup before he rides off into the sunset, hunger to cement his legacy.
I don't want a guy like this on a team that I despise and one that we'll be fighting against for a play-off berth and possibly a division crown.
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I am not convinced that he makes them a guarantee to win the division.
But he guarantees much more of a fight.
That seems to be the only area of contention for you and I so I will leave it at that.
Guarentee??? No. Make them the favorites??? Probably. However, when was the last time that the NW division winner was way out in front and styed that way??? Should be close irregardless, however I'd rather it be a 2 horse race instead of a 3 headed monster
Is anyone else surprised that when Gillis took over as GM some of his very first statements were of the nature that things were so messed up in Vancouver that there is no way a turn around will be as simple as a couple off season moves and now he is trying to sell the moves he has made to Sundin as if they will be contenders with him in the line up?
When Morrison was healthy the Canucks won the division and had 105 points. So if you want to count Morrison you should look at the last year he played over half a season.
The Canucks have to replace Naslund's 55 points and Morrison's 9 goal, 25 points. If Sundin, Demitra, Bernier and Wellwood couldn't replace those numbers they shouldn't be playing hockey. If Mats Sundin signs in Vancouver they go from 23rd best offense to probably around 10-15th. Considering they're probably going to be hovering around top 5-7 defensively, I would say they're the favourites for the NW division once again.
That's 80 points Sundin, Demitra, Bernier and Wellwood have to replace.
Sundin by himself should get 80.
Demitra, Bernier and Wellwood is safe for 120 AT LEAST.