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Bad knee keeps Mats Sundin out of Winter Classic alumni game

Dec 19, 2013, 7:35 PM EST

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As much fun as it is to see retired players who haven’t laced them up in decades skate around during Winter Classic alumni games, it’s often a lot of fun to see a guy who only retired a few years ago. Logically speaking, there’s the impression that they might have some extra magic left.

Unfortunately, Mats Sundin won’t be able to do that in the 2014 Winter Classic’s Alumni Showdown between Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs greats, explaining to the Toronto Star that a knee issue foiled that plan.

“I have had problems with my right knee for a while and I’m having surgery,” Sundin said. “I have not been able to skate this last year and I can’t skate with my knee like this. I’m very disappointed not being able to play in the great alumni outdoor game and represent the Maple Leafs again.”

Bummer.

Sundin, 42, last played in the NHL during the 2008-09 season. It’s not as if he’s against skating in these types of events, either; this post’s main image comes from a Nov. 11, 2012 Hall of Fame Legends Game.

  1. imleftcoast - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    He sucked in ’08/’09. I’d rather see Börje Salming, Darryl Sittler and even Wendel Clark – who was really only good enough to play in Toronto. The CBC just stokes Leaf fan fantasies of having a decent team again, but it’ll be 50 years pretty soon.

    • dueman - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Would you please tell me again, just how many cups Vancouver has in their 43 year history in the NHL?

  2. blomfeld - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    TALK ABOUT DODGING A BULLET EH ?

    Personally I don’t care for Mike Gillis. For with the lone exception of ‘our’ man Torts, I’ve found the majority of Gillis’ signings to be anything from ‘idiotic’ at best to downright ‘disturbing’ at worst. And not the least of those ‘disturbing’ signings was Mats Sundin, who Gillis was prepared to give 20 million for only 2 x seasons of work (08-09). As it turned out, Sundin couldn’t join the Canucks right away due to injury and so he ended up getting only 5 million for roughly half a season’s work. Yet what a good thing that was ! The Canucks went on a major losing streak from the very ‘second’ he joined the team on the ice (9 x games) and they ‘floundered’ early in the playoffs that year. Sundin was an expensive ‘parasitic’ liability for the Canucks in no uncertain terms. And had he not been fortunately injured, then I suspect his presence here would have amounted in the end to nothing more than Mark Messier Part 2 … or Bear Sterns “Vancouver style” if you will.

    • rainyday56 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      He made a men out of the Sedins and Kesler.

  3. vanindeed - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    there goes the Leafs chance of making it respectable

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Hey Van, we still have Johnny Bower in goal.

  4. twinwildflyer - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    You must have been waiting for a Sundin article for awhile…that was quite a rant.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Well said twinwildflyer.

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