The NHL Week in Review…Looking back on the career of Mats Sundin…How should the Leafs pursue a first line center?…How to spice up The NHL Network…Guy Lafleur’s first hat trick…RIP Trent Frayne.
GRANTLAND: Katie Baker with her NHL week in review, appearing here a day later than usual because I’m an idiot. Sorry, Katie.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski revisits Mats Sundin’s controversial decision not to waive his NTC to allow the Maple Leafs to trade him. Which shouldn’t have been controversial at all, if we still honored players who stuck with struggling teams, rather than abandoning those clubs like rats from a sinking ship. Sadly, we don’t do that anymore, as the growing clamor of fans and pundits for Jarome Iginla to accept a trade attests. Sundin is an honorable, loyal person, and was vilified for it. I may be in a minority, but I found the criticism he received unfair and detestable.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks at Sundin’s career and suggest he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. As do I.
DOWN GOES BROWN: Injects some levity into the remembrance of Sundin’s career.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Lukas Hardonk asks, “How Should the Toronto Maple Leafs Go About Acquiring a No. 1 Centre?” The answer: very carefully.
THE GREATEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz has a great suggestion for spicing up the NHL Network, but I don’t those who run it would listen.
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Kevin van Steendelaar looks back on Canadiens great Guy Lafleur’s first NHL hat trick, which occurred in his rookie season. Lots of Hall of Famers on that 1971-72 Canadiens team.