Sundin's waffle can't be tasty with Maple Leafs

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Nobody asked me, but... Why haven't the Toronto Maple Leafs told Mats Sundin to take a hike already?

As Sundin continues to waffle about his plans for this season, the Leafs continue to patiently sit by awaiting word from the great leader. And yet Sundin, who refused to be traded at the deadline last season, maintains he's all about team?

Mats Sundin continues to waffle about his plans for this season. - Canadian Press file photo

Sports scene - Nobody asked me, but... Why haven't the Toronto Maple Leafs told Mats Sundin to take a hike already?

As Sundin continues to waffle about his plans for this season, the Leafs continue to patiently sit by awaiting word from the great leader. And yet Sundin, who refused to be traded at the deadline last season, maintains he's all about team?

How can Toronto forge ahead without knowing what's up with their captain and best player for the past decade?

Funny, these boys. Brett Favre hemmed and hawwed about his future for months. The Green Bay Packers, to their credit, told Favre to get on with it. He did, retired, and then came back, trying the whole time to make the Packers look like the bad guy.

And now here's Sundin, who still doesn't know what he wants to do next season.

Let's see: Option A - play hockey and make $5 million or $6 million, or Option B - say, what's that first option again?

You're either playing hockey or you're not playing hockey. You either want to be part of Toronto or you don't. And who could blame Sundin if he didn't want a return to the Leafs.

Who knows. Maybe that's the plan, to have the Leafs finally tell him enough's enough and write him off, leaving the player open to sign with another club, and not becoming a villain in Toronto.

Either way, it's time for a decision from Sundin. Enough stringing the club along by its nose ...

Peter Benoite's biggest challenge at the helm of Memorial University's men's basketball team may not be producing a .500 record, but making the team matter again in the local sports fan's eyes. The program has fallen so far it doesn't even register on the sports radar anymore. It wouldn't hurt, either, if the university started promoting the team, getting the players out to schools, on TV, on billboards around Memorial or maybe even on the sides of buses making stops on campus ... Wouldn't a Cubs-Red Sox World Series make for a wonderfully-interesting Fall Classic? ...

Any truth to the rumour Harold Druken's headed to Deer Lake to play for the Red Wings this season, for $1,500 a weekend no less? ... Does anyone really know what's up with the feud between Softball Newfoundland and Labrador president Lloyd Power and long-time organizer Bill Barron? This much we do understand, however. Without Barron, the St. John's Molson Senior Men's Softball League wouldn't be considered one of the best in Canada. Technically, Barron's been the secretary-treasurer of the senior circuit, but he's been the main man behind its operation for decades. So how in the world does he become categorized as not in good standing with the provincial softball body? ... With Jim Hare and Ed O'Brien running the show in Mount Pearl, the Blades' senior hockey team appears in good hands. Who knows, Mount Pearl might even win something now. Other than its soccer team a few years ago, I can't recall the 'other city' winning anything of any consequence at the adult level ...

Still think someone within Quebec - i.e. owner of an existing club floundering at the gate - will be looking at St. John's down the road for another run at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With a rink that would rank among the best in the league, and a large population base in the region, someone's going to look at St. John's again. Only this time they'll need the city on board in some capacity, likely in a public/private partnership ... The opening of the new Torbay rink will be delayed until Oct. 10 because of a problem originating with the Minnesota-based company that's installing the boards and glass. Ice was expected on the new rink Sept. 20. The delay won't have any affect on Avalon East senior and minor hockey, although the Avalon Junior Capitals, which will play out of Torbay after years at Feildian Gardens, may have to make a few changes from the outset ...

Robin Short is The Telegram's Sports Editor. He can be reached by email at rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Toronto Maple Leafs, Red Sox World Series, Red Wings Softball League Barron's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Avalon Junior Capitals

Geographic location: Toronto, St. John's, Mount Pearl Deer Lake Torbay Canada Quebec Avalon East Feildian Gardens

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  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Sundin is all about Sundin as usual. Over paid. No wonder people pay 250.00 and up for a good seat at the Air Canada Centre. Sundin was never about Team its all about himself. If he never comes back maybe the Leafs will become a better team.

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Sundin is all about Sundin as usual. Over paid. No wonder people pay 250.00 and up for a good seat at the Air Canada Centre. Sundin was never about Team its all about himself. If he never comes back maybe the Leafs will become a better team.