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05-12-2009, 12:06 AM
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What about Mats?

So now that Vancouver has been eliminated... what becomes of Mats Sundin?

With Chicago's 7-5 victory, the man who holds the record for the most career games, points, goals and assists by a Swedish hockey player may have played his last game in the NHL.

Based on his play at the start of the season it looks like he's well past his prime and on the blip, but he's in good enough shape (strength wise, at least) to push it for another year should that glass hip hold up. In the past few games Sundin has finally started to look like his former self. If Sundin trains properly this off season as opposed to slacking off and fishing like last year he might be able to actually *contribute* to a contender.

On the other hand, he's not going to get a 10 million dollar contract this time around. He'll be paid based on this year's performance, which may not be enough to lure him back into the league. He won't be nearly as coveted an asset, and he likely won't have as many suitors -- especially if he fails to realize that his value has dropped.

The other intangible is the olympics. Mats Sundin has always been a dominant force playing for Team Sweden in international competition, and he may want to play in the NHL so that he is in mid-season form come time to represent his country. A shot at the Stanley Cup may just be a bonus...

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If Sundin actually trains in the offseason he'll put up PPG on a playoff team, he is not past his prime yet.

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05-12-2009, 12:13 AM
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SEL or bust.

One last season to play around his home country (with Naslund perhaps?) before calling it quits for good would be a nice way to go out.

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the forsberg route. maybe comes back in 2 years if the leafs are a contender just to retire ...

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He should either re-sign for about 4-5M, or retire and make babies with his wife.

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05-12-2009, 12:26 AM
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I hope Mats finally retires with dignity instead of letting things become a joke like he did before. I used to like him a lot, but now I have zero respect for him and the other "Hmm, should I stay or should I go?" guys. It makes a mockery of the sport for all the kids and families waking up at dawn sacrificing to just play the game.

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He was great for us... I'm so glad we can say Mats Sundin played what appears to have been his final game, in a Vancouver Canucks jersey.

He's more than welcome to come back and suit up the laces here in Van-City, imo.

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05-12-2009, 12:29 AM
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he will probably go play in Hamilton

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Come home to Djurgården Mats!

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he can be a much bigger factor next year. better start training now....

and re-sign for 4-5m.

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IF, and this is a big if, the Rangers were to trade Gomez this summer, maybe he would go to the Rangers on a one-year deal? They'd have the cap space.

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Seriously Mats, come home to Stockholm. Things have changed since you left, we've got a casino now and everything!

Come home and play for your boyhood team. We'll pay you just about nothing. Sounds good?

Yeah right.

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IF, and this is a big if, the Rangers were to trade Gomez this summer, maybe he would go to the Rangers on a one-year deal? They'd have the cap space.
lol he'd just be imitating Naslund, and look how that turned out.

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He'll probably retire. If not, he'll be back in Vancouver on a 1 year deal.

Mats Sundin finished with 35 points in his last 40 games.

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8 points in 8 playoff games

if he like trained and got in shape all year..heh could put together a decent season....

i dont think he's dun yet..physically...but who knows..he might not feel the passion anymore..we'll c

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Call it a career, and retire with whats left of his dignity after the past 2 seasons dramas.

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Respect him or not, if he decides to play again next season, he will still be one of the most sought after UFA's. As it stands, there aren't too many top two line capable UFA centers available, so there will always be a market for him at this stage of his career.

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SEL or bust.

One last season to play around his home country (with Naslund perhaps?) before calling it quits for good would be a nice way to go out.
Why would he play with Näslund, they come from different teams and have never played together in the past.

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It's ironic that he started to look like vintage Mats the last two games, and now the season is over.

I'd like to see him come back for one more FULL season.

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05-12-2009, 10:42 AM
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Mats has an eye towards the 2010 games and Team Sweden. He will spend the summer training and decide a tad earlier than last season where he will play.

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He should make a decision by... December or January.

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Why would he play with Näslund, they come from different teams and have never played together in the past.
Didn't you get the memo? All players from the same country know each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together in a cabin.

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Mats is going to play in the nhl next season when he goes home...to Colorado.

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lol he'd just be imitating Naslund, and look how that turned out.
Yeah, he added 5 million bucks to his bank account and retired. Must really suck to be him.

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