Sundin Arrives in Vancouver
After months of waiting, Mats Sundin finally arrived in Vancouver to meet his new team. After being rushed away in a Hollywood like fashion from YVR yesterday, Mats will lace up for practice with the Canucks this morning but will not be playing tonight against the Flyers.
The former Toronto Maple leafs captain is scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon after practicing with his new teammates earlier in the day.
"It's going to fun to see him and watch him practise," said Vancouver forward Henrik Sedin, a fellow Swede. "We're really excited here. It's fun to get him here."
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault hasn't decided when Sundin will make his debut in a Vancouver uniform.
"I'm going to find out how he feels, what he's been doing on and off the ice," Vigneault said. "Until I sit down with him, talk to him and go through a normal process on where a player stands, I've no idea what's coming up."
Sundin offically signed with the Canucks on December 18th after wrestling with several other offers over the past year. The 37 year old has played in the NHL for 17 seasons now scoring 555 goals for both Toronto and Quebec. 13 of theose years were spent in Toronto where he has been a point-a-game player for the last 5 seasons. Will he do the same for Vancouver? Gillis certainly thinks so as Sundin's lack of timely desicison making will still earn his $5 million for the rest of this season.