One of Burke’s first items on his to-do list will be to contact free-agent centre Mats Sundin, and garner his interest in returning to the Leafs next month. With the addition of Lee Stempniak, Sundin could play on a line with the newcomer and right winger Nik Antropov.
My initial reaction was one of excitement. I am wondering if that is appropriate or not, keeping in mind that any icetime distributed to Sundin is TOI that’s not going to one of the younger kids. No doubt, Mats would eat up a lot of quality, important game-situation minutes. Players we’re trying to develop need those minutes sooner or later.
If we can’t win this year by adding Sundin – and we can’t – then why delay the development of the others?
And why do I still have my fingers crossed for his return?
Update: Damien Cox has his Thursday mailbag at the Star’s site:
Q: Hi Damien,
If Brian Burke becomes the GM, would he go and sign Sundin? Who you think he will make the team’s captain? Thanks.
Kirupa Kathir, Brampton
A: It would make no sense to sign Sundin from a variety of standpoints, and I can’t imagine Burke would pursue that strategy. What would be the point? As far as team captain, unless it’s Luke Schenn somewhere down the road, the Leafs probably don’t own a player capable of wearing the “C” right now.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Wharnsby v. Cox, down in the mud at the Silverdome (-ilverdome, -ilverdome). We’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge!