Trading James Reimer could sink Toronto Maple Leafs

John E. Sokolowski – USA Today Sports The brass of the Toronto Maple Leafs need to focus their efforts on acquiring a true bona fide number one center. A task that has eluded the Leafs since Mats Sundin retired. Yes, some people still want to argue otherwise. Lurking in the shadows lies another problem. RFA goaltender James Reimer has allegedly asked Dave Nonis and Brendan Shanahan...
Via The Sideline
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Sundin says he was ‘almost disgusted’ by Russia’s performance in Olympics

Toronto Maple Leafs legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Mats Sundin joined TSN Radio 1050's Jim Tatti and Jeff O'Neill on Friday to give his thoughts on the Olympic hockey tournament ahead of Sunday's gold medal match-up between his native Sweden and Canada. While there is a lot that Sundin has liked in the tournament so far, the performance that Russia put forth against...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mid-90’s trade rumors helped fuel Stevie Y

I don't plan on following the reports from the Maple Leafs alumni's practices ahead of the "Alumni Showdown" games--save noting that the Toronto Star reported that Mats Sundin won't be able to take part due to knee surgery--and I've kind of ignored Sportsnet's "Greatest Maple Leafs of All Time" profiles on their 24/7 page (again, the "...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Injuries to Bozak and Bolland might be a blessing in disguise for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Ever since the day Mats Sundin ceased to be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the organization has lacked a quality first line centre. Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski (now with the Capitals), and Nazem Kadri have all played well,…Read more →The post Injuries to Bozak and Bolland might be a blessing in disguise for the Toronto Maple Leafs appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Gillis’ Big Money Contracts

It’s no secret that after two first round series exits, Mike Gillis is on the hot seat. He has fired his coach and any future failures will be on him. But lets not lose perspective here. The Canucks have undergone their most successful time (by a lot) in the time that Mike Gillis has been the general manager. This hasn’t happened by accident. Columnists like Ed Willes continually...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
May 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Mats Sundin is the Swedish-Born Player With the Most Career NHL Goals

Mats Sundin retired from the NHL in 2009, but he still has the most career NHL goals out of any player with 564. Sundin was initially drafted first overall in the 1989 NHL entry draft and played his first four seasons in the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques. The Swedish-born player played most of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and excluding his rookie season, the shortened lockout...
April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Mats Sundin Is the Latest Maple Leafs Player to Be Inducted Into the Hockey Hall of Fame

The Maple Leafs may not have had much success on the ice in recent years, but the city of Toronto has had something to celebrate. Longtime Leafs captain Mats Sundin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, capping off a 18-year career with the honor. Sundin was just the second Swedish player to be inducted, and the first to make it on his first year of eligibility. Sundin...
March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

How do you ‘honor’ a legend’s number if he may not show up to attend the ceremony?

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons believes that the Toronto Maple Leafs need to retire Dave Keon's #14 while Maple Leafs legend is still around, but as Simmons notes in his Sunday column, Keon's status as estranged from the Leafs' former and current ownership regimes complicates the situation significantly: The name is missing from the rafters. You look up at the...
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February 17, 2013  |  1 Comment

Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Spotlight: Chatting About Matt Finn

By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Getty Images Scott Walker took a sip of his coffee, looked me in the eye and laughed, “he’s been playing real good for a guy with mono.” Just imagine what happens when Matt Finn is healthy again for the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm. The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Finn with the 35th choice in the 2012 NHL draft. The 6-foot...
Via The Hockey Guys
November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

IIHF names 2013 Hall of Fame class

Sweden greats Peter Forsberg and Mats Sundin have been named to the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame class for 2013. The IIHF says the former Olympic and world champions will be inducted in Stockholm in May when their home country hosts the world championship. Two Canadians will also be inducted: Paul Henderson, star of the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

IIHF Hall Of Fame Class Of 2013

from, Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts players Peter Forsberg, Danielle Goyette, Paul Henderson, Teppo Numminen, Mats Sundin and builder Jan-Åke Edvinsson. Broadcaster Gord Miller is awarded the Paul Loicq Award while the Soviet national team of 1954 won the Milestone...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Lockout Blues? Canucks fans remember Pavel Bure a happier time

The Best In another cold week without NHL hockey fans were able to celebrate something special as four legends of the game were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Adam Oates, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic and Pavel Bure were all immortalized in the hall this past week, recognizing the careers of four special players who dazzled fans with their sublime skill sets. It was a reminder of...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Mats Sundin Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) As Mats Sundin wrapped up his Hall of Fame induction speech, he looked up into the crowd and said to Maple Leafs fans everywhere, “I will never forget what you have given me.” It was typical Sundin. In his first year of eligibility, Mats Sundin joined Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Joe Sakic into the NHL Hall of Fame. “I dedicate my induction...
Via The Hockey Guys
November 14, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Hall of Fame class of 2012

The only bright spot this fall in relation to hockey was the induction of four new Hall of Fame members. I had the privilege to grow up watching these great players play the game I love to play and watch. Adam Oates, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Joe Sakic are the NHL Hall of Fame…
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November 14, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL HOF Post Game Comments

NHL HOF 2012 Inductees: Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure The Hockey Hall of Fame Induction ceremony went off swimmingly, except for the time maybe when Mats Sundin pronounced Elmer Lach’s name “Latch,” and Patrick Roy took a swipe at the Canadiens, saying they decided to trade him, which only sort of happened after Roy told Ronald Corey he’d never play another...
November 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Pavel Bure: My top five moments in time

Pavel Bure Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Perhaps the most electrifying and vilified player to ever wear a Canucks jersey, Pavel Bure is one of four hockey players now in the the Hockey Hall of Fame. Along with Bure, Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Adam Oates were all inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The four players were presented their Hall of Fame rings at a press conference...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Hockey Hall of Fame Ignores Goalies

The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted four more players today, including two former Canucks, Pavel Bure and Mats Sundin. Bure, Sundin and the other two inductees, Sakic and Oates are all full marks for their induction, but does anyone else find it odd that the Hall of Fame ignores the most important position in hockey, the goaltender? Unless you’re the among the elite of the elite,...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame night

Great to see Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin and Adam Oates get into the Hockey Hall of Fame. My appearance Friday on XM's The War Room focused on hall of famers - who should be there that isn't, who is there that shouldn't be, etc. These are the great bar stool debates that take place city to city across North America. Some of my favourite conversations with friends...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Hockey Hall inducts four new members

The Hockey Hall of Fame is welcoming four new members. Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are being inducted in the player category. The former star NHL forwards were presented with their Hall of Fame member rings at a news conference Monday morning. A formal induction ceremony will be held in the evening. Buffalo Sabres play-by-play voice Rick Jeanneret and Globe...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Sundin, Sakic, Oates, Bure enter hockey Hall

The Hockey Hall of Fame is welcoming four new members. Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are being inducted in the player category. The former star NHL forwards were presented with their Hall of Fame member rings at a news conference Monday morning. A formal induction ceremony will be held in the evening. Buffalo Sabres play-by-play voice Rick Jeanneret and Globe...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Oates to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

ST. LOUIS Former St. Louis Blues center Adam Oates will been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight along with Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure as the class of 2012. The induction ceremony can be seen live on the NHL Network at 6:30 p.m. Oates retired in 2004 after tallying 1,420 points in 1,337 games with Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Should Bettman And Daly Attend The HHOF Inductions On Monday?

from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News, With negotiations on hold—Fehr said on Sunday he did not know when talks would resume—Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press reported that Bettman and Daly "are still expected to attend the Hockey Hall of Fame induction." Sure, why not? Bettman and Daly already have teamed up with their NHLPA counterparts to bring down...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

The Best Toronto Maple Leafs Player?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Darryl Sittler led the Leafs in scoring seven different times. Mahovlich did it five times; Keon three times. And for two and a half seasons of magic, no Leaf player was ever better than Doug Gilmour. But longevity disqualifies him from any meaningful debate about the top player in Leafs history. He had the top season. But it's...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Mats Sundin’s Hall Of Fame Case

This is my final post making the Hall of Fame case for the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees.  I have written posts about Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Joe Sakic.  Today it is Mats Sundin’s turn. I make my cases using the Keltner List.  This is a series of qualitative questions popularized by Bill James in baseball, but the same idea works well in hockey as well. Continue reading...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Does Bure in the Hall of Fame finally repair his relationship with the Canucks community?

Can Vancouver forgive? Over 40 plus years of their history, the Vancouver Canucks have had several good players but the pickings had been slim to none with regards to true Hall of Fame members. Then, the big breaking news this week was the selection of two former Canucks as new entrants to the hall in super Swede Mats Sundin and the enigmatic Russian Pavel Bure. Although both players...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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