Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Nothing but Respect for Mats Sundin

Mats Sundin. 37 years young.

Recently exercising his right - No-Trade-Clause - he's been unfairly "bashed" and "criticized" by Leafs fans and the media (CREDIT: Stoll2Hemsky for the inspiration).

When did it become his job to fix up the Leafs mess? He paid for the NTC build in his contract in the form of a lower salary - why shouldn't he be able to exercise that very right without public scrutiny?

I recall when CUJO left to Detroit to try and win a Cup. Toronto fans argued that he was a mercenary and had no commitment to the team. Now a guy is doing everything he can to stay and the fans are calling him selfish - unbelievable, but expected.

"I don't believe in the concept of rental players"

I'm surprised there aren't more players in the league who think being a rental cheapens winning a cup. To me, this shows what a dedicated, loyal teammate he is. He wants to win the cup the correct way, by grinding it out from September to June with his fellow troops. If not, so be it.

Good for him.

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