Mats Sundin on the Leafs
I thought from day 1 that Mats Sundin would end up as a New York Ranger. The Rangers love signing old players to contracts that are worth way more than they deserve. But that is the logic of the New York sports world. Sign every big name player available and hope for the best.
If I was a Ranger fan, I would have preferred some sort or trade/deal that landed Ilya Kovalchuk or Marian Gaborik, but I suppose Sundin is enough to push the Rangers into serious contention spot in the Eastern Conference.
Now where does Mats Sundin fit in the Rangers lineup. You already have Chris Drury and Scott Gomez at center. Drury can be moved to the third line and I suppose Scott Gomez can become the second line center, but that is a demotion for Gomez, unless time is evened out and you essentially have “two # 1 lines.”
Mats Sundin has taken another step towards his comeback to the NHL.
Sundin, who took in Saturday night’s encounter between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils in a private box, met with Rangers brass following the game.
The 37-year old Swede and his Swedish representation Claes Elefalk sat down with Rangers’ President and general manager Glen Sather, Senior advisor to President & GM and Director of U.S. Scouting Mike Barnett and Rangers’ head coach Tom Renney.
The meeting was described as relaxed and informal.
While the Rangers have not made an offer; team representatives have made it clear that they want Sundin in the Big Apple.
The Maple Leafs all-time leading scorer is hoping to make his decision in the upcoming week. It is believed that the list of teams in the running has been whittled down to four teams: the Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens.