Well it finally happened after months and months of speculation, waiting, and getting tired of the tease. Former Toronto captain Mats Sundin has officially signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
“Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that the team has signed free agent centre Mats Sundin. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
â€œWe are very excited to have Mats join the Vancouver Canucks,â€ said Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks General Manager. â€œPlaying previously in two Canadian markets and consistently being among team and League leaders in scoring, Mats has proven that he can excel under pressure. He adds a wealth of experience, leadership and skill to the Canucks.â€
“I am truly excited to be joining the Canucks,â€ said Sundin. â€œOnce I made the decision to return to play a few weeks ago, the Vancouver opportunity was simply the best overall fit. I want to thank Mike Gillis and the entire Canucks organization for their professionalism throughout this entire process.” [Canucks.com]
I’ve been following the commentary on various Canucks blogs (and on Twitter) since the summer about this possible transaction – what do you think? One day after we retired #16 to the rafters, is this a new era for the team? Former Maple Leaf Kyle Wellwood seems to be working out for us (mind you there’s still some name calling going around), but are Vancouver fans ready to accept another Leaf on our ice?
Learn more today from the press conference at GM Place – 4:15pm PT on TEAM1040am.