It’s the turn of the century. We’re all worried about whether or not our computers are about to crash and making jokes about “Hanging Chads” when known idiot George W. Bush wins the US Presidential Election to become the actual President of the US of A. Thankfully as we all know it’s not like he’s going to be called onto handle a crisis or make any real decisions, right?
They year 2000 was a great year for Mats Sundin, the sort of year that any team in the NHL would have been wise to sign him to a lucrative contract and build a team around him. A franchise player he’d have really been a big score for the Canucks to sign in the year 2000.
So it’s sort of a hilarious turn of events that eight years later, at the age of 37, he turned down a big money offer from the Canucks [vs]. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t possibly happen, but then why exactly would we want it to? Didn’t we learn from the Mark Messier thing that bringing in a big money player in the latter stages of his career and trying to shape the team around him, only leads to pain and sadness?
I suppose they figure with Mike Gillis at the helm and pain and sadness 100% guaranteed, we might as well get a big name signing in to sell some jerseys. Face it, it was either that or redesign the uniform again.
How far have the Canucks slipped though? This should be a great market to play in. We’ve got weather, a strong dollar, a rather casual attitude towards celebrity that allows players to live more anonymously than in other Canadian markets and a fan-base that doesn’t expect anything except for pain and sadness. It seems like the perfect destination.
Maybe if we offer him a carbon tax credit.
Update: Oh hey and now we lost Nausland [vc]. Wasn’t the the point of appointing his agent as our GM, to keep him? Well at least there’s the Vancouver Giants.