Yesterday, Mats Sundin announced his retirement from the NHL.
Immediately following his announcement, the stupidity began.
Canadian sports networks ran tribute pieces, playing up his numerous accomplishments and heralding him as a Hall-of-Fame lock.
Two things instantly came to mind.
1) The NHL Hall of Fame inducts just about anyone, so he probably is a mortal lock.
2) I have as many Stanley Cup rings as Mats Sundin.
There is no question that Sundin was a gifted offensive player; you don't average a point per game over a 1,300-plus-game career by fluke.
But Bernie Nicholls averaged a point per game too, and I don't see anyone lining up to enshrine him.
Had Mats Sundin played the majority of his career in Phoenix, Anaheim, or Carolina, he'd be looked at as a player who exce ...
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Article written by E. Spencer Kyte