Spoke with my brother last night who told me that he met at a social event one General Manager (BG), one head coach (GC), on assistant coach (DJ) and a former general manager (RH) and they have a reserve room for Mats Sundin towards the end of the week. My brother used to works for the Montreal Canadiens. I am not saying that Sundin is on its way, all I am confirming is that there is a room for ready for him. I will check my contact in the hotel business and try to find out where.
Habs president expects Sundin to decide soon
Pat Hickey, Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, September 02, 2008
LAVAL-SUR-LE-LAC, Que. - Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin can see an end in sight for the Mats Sundin drama.
"He's playing in a charity game (Friday) in Toronto and I can't see him facing the media there without some decision on his future," Boivin said before teeing off in the Canadiens' annual golf tournament.
I would take Sundin at the first of the season in a heartbeat, even if he's not quite in game shape you could work him in slowly.
With that being said, I would never take Sundin halfway through the season - no matter how much we need him. You completely and utterly screw team's chemistries when you do that - players wonder if they are losing their spots, the media circus that would ensue, no one is concentrating on playing their game. It's shown that it didn't work before, so if he decides to come back midway through the season - let him go somewhere else.
I don't even agree with the fact that players are allowed to do it. I think it cheapens the sport somehow - I don't really know why, but that's how I feel. Every player should have to start the season when everyone else does.