Sundin, don’t come here!
The latest rumors swirling about Sundin suggest that the Philadelphia Flyers are second on his list, just behind the New York Rangers. And Paul Holmgren made a statement to the media indicating the Flyers are just “kicking the tires” with Sundin.
First of all, I don’t think that the Flyers will sign Mats Sundin. There simply isn’t cap space to make it happen. More importantly, the Flyers strength at center leaves Holmgren without a reason to gamble on trades up front. Without a solid piece for long-term use coming back, the Flyers aren’t going to shuffle the deck.
Secondly, I don’t want Mats Sundin. It’s not a question of talent or skill – Sundin remains one of the NHL’s top centermen. But given his age, his unpredictable decision-making, and his unproven winning ability, he’s not worth sacrificing Jeff Carter and a winger – probably Scott Hartnell.
Sometimes it’s worth leaving a group with proven chemistry on the ice together rathern than disrupt it with a big-hame star. This is one of those times.