Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/17/12 at 06:59 AM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun (not yet posted) at the Winnipeg Sun,
• With Vokoun and Lindback scratched from the list of the available and the Kings’ Dean Lombardi saying “having only one quarterback is dangerous,” that leaves Roberto Luongo as their best goaltending option moving forward to this week’s NHL draft and trade meet. The good news with Luongo is it won’t cost much to get him. The bad news is it’s a long-term solution for the Leafs and if they still believe in James Reimer and, to a lesser extent, Ben Scrivens, then it isn’t an ideal situation for the development of a youngster.
While there are still run-of-the-mill free agents available such as Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Chris Mason, there is nothing that would excite Maple Leafs fans here. Luongo remains the most viable option — and that’s not without its pitfalls.
• The Mats Sundin debate is about to begin. Really, it should be no debate at all. It’s rather elementary, actually. Sundin is a Hall of Fame player. He is eligible this year and should be elected this month. Sundin played 18 seasons in the NHL and led his team in scoring 13 different times. It isn’t just that he led his team — it’s by how much he led that tells you about Sundin the player. At 26, he won the Leaf scoring title by 44 points. At 37, he won it by 22. In only one of his 13 Toronto seasons was a player within 10 points of him, either way. Did he win a bunch of Stanley Cups the way Brendan Shanahan did? No. But like many before him, he was never on a team that should have won a Stanley Cup. In this Hall of Fame year, Joe Sakic, Sundin’s teammate from Quebec, is the slam dunk. But Shanahan and Sundin should be part of that class and maybe — our preference — they’ll add in Pavel Bure to make it four.
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