On the first day of NHL free agency, the
Canucks made a stupendous offer to Mats Sundin and an offer sheet to David Backes. Vancouver
New Canuck general manager Mike Gillis put a two-year, $20 million thunderbolt in front of Sundin and the 37-year-old centre went to bed Tuesday in
to sleep on it. Gillis hopes to receive an answer today. Stockholm
"Our offer makes Mats the highest paid player in the league so I'm optimistic that we've made the best offer he can receive," Gillis said on a conference call. "We think we presented an opportunity here that he would like. The city is a great city to live in and we've had tremendous success with Swedish players who loved living here and want to stay here.
"So we think we have a lot of positives to offer in addition to the financial ones."
Sundin as a Canuck, that’s very interesting. He’d fit in well with the Sedins, and it may also give Markus Naslund a reason to stick around another year. I was apprehensive about Mike Gillis taking the helm as Canucks GM, but at least he’s mixing things up a little. And after last year, this team needs a little mixing up.
Although, if the Canucks do sign Sundin, it will be even more impossible to get a ticket for their game in