Not sure why Mats Sundin is taking such a beating for refusing to waive his no-trade clause. The reason he has a no-trade clause is because he didn’t want to get moved. Ditto for Sundin’s teammates Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina and Darcy Tucker, all of whom have reportedly said they would not waive their no-trade clauses, either. If Toronto fans and media want to put the hammer to someone, they should put it to management.
It’s not like the players slipped those clauses into the pact without management’s knowledge, is it?
I’ve heard that the NHL is kicking the tires on a new rule that would prevent situations like the one that occurred last year at this time when St. Louis shipped Keith Tkachuk to the Thrashers for a bounty of prospects and picks. A few months later, Tkachuk resigned with the Blues as a free agent. There are some who believe such activity should be outlawed, and that a player traded away by a team should not be able to re-join that team (via trade or free agency) within a calendar year of the original deal. I’d be in favor of such a rule myself.
The existence of such a rule would keep Sundin from being vilified as he is at the moment. The guy is a center and the team captain; it’s not up to him to rebuild the Leafs but to hear some tell it, he’s the villain in the whole episode.
And hey, how about the fact that we’re less than 26 hours removed from the trade deadline with little to no activity going on? I’m starting to see now why people would pay actual money (as opposed to that Paulie Walnuts Monopoly cash) to have some anonymous visionary hip them to “updated rumors.”
Those “rumors” might be as close as we get to a deal.
Seriously, I believe some cards will be played soon, but I’ll be surprised if the overall activity approaches the level of recent seasons. There are a lot of reasons for this, some of which are expounded on by a few prominent GMs in this piece I wrote for Caps.com.