This year has been hilarious!
From the get go there was the Mats Sundin saga in which we all stood by for 9 months awaiting the decision of the 37 year old former leaf captain. We all know what happened there, we read dumb article after dumb article and tried in our best hockey knowledge to guess where he would sign and when. Days turned to weeks and weeks into painful months of brutal media hype. Now Sundin has taken his place back in the NHL and apparently got on the horn to all the retirement villas in the hockey world.
Yes. it is the year of the returning “retired” star.
Claude Lemieux was well into his retirement when he decided he still had the desire to play, so he laced them up in Worchester in hopes of being called up to their affiliate the San Jose Sharks who just happen to be playing the best damn hockey of their existence. Well that vision has become a reality and the big club called up the old wiley veteran yesterday in hopes of him giving the Sharks that tough edge Claude has been known for in the past. And by past I mean like 1980’s.
Then we come to Peter Forsberg. Ok so he has not really officially retired but he has been on the shelf indefinitely for the last few seasons. Nagging injuries have sidelined him for the majority of the past few years subsiding long enough to claim 2/3 into a schedule that he is wanting to return and sign with anyone. Any team would be happy to have Forsberg but the problem here is there is a reason he is not playing the whole year, he simply can not. Like Claude, he has a burning passion to win that rages on within him ,but unfortunately doesn’t really get to make it happen as big as everyone anticipates. The coming days will most likely reveal if Foppa shall find his way back.
Last but not least there is Mr. Brendan Shanahan a true warrior and natural point scorer. Shanny was not even resigned after becoming a free agent last year in New York. The club sort of just forgot about him and after months of no signing I started to wonder if he would ever skate again. It made no sense he was still good for just under a point a game last season. So why no takers? Well finally almost 5 months into the 09 schedule the New Jersey Devils took a chance and signed the Wheaties champion for a mere $800,000. A steal in my opinion and hey guess what? He scored in his first game.
It will be very interesting to see at the end of the year which old man has had the biggest impact in their not so triumphant return.
Which brings us to our next big poll: