1) This rumor at first sounded like the bullshit that Eklund would formulate. What we found surprising to see was that it came from not a hockey blogger (who has no credibility) but from an actual professional hockey writer (with no credibility) Larry Brooks. Now, don't get us wrong, we love Larry. We believe he is a very entertaining hockey writer, but his record for these kinds of stories are no better than that idiot charlatan from Philly eklund.
2) What amazes us as much if not more is the fact that this story has ZERO merit based upon any available facts. The most important one being that it makes ZERO sense for the Rangers to sign Sundin at this time. Brooks as much as anyone should know the Ranger salary cap issues. Right now they are at about 54.70 mil. Giving them a tad more than 2 million in space available. If the other stupid Vancouver rumors have any validity, Mats is asking upwards of 10 mil for a year of his service. For the sake of this argument, lets say Mats was willing to come down from that to his 07-08 salary of 7 million to play in the Big Apple. It would still require Sather to trim 5 mil in payroll to get the big Swede signed.
3) According to Brooks the Rangers would almost certainly have to move defenseman Michal Rozsival, who re-signed on July 1 for $5M per for four years. That sounds fine until you realize that the Rangers have only 6 NHL caliber defensemen on the roster. (Rozival, Redden, Mara, Kalinin, Girardi, Staal) Can they afford to trade a top 4 defensemen?(Even if that were possible at this late date for that big a contract!) Its so far out of the question that we wonder why Larry felt the need to even write/mention this? We all know why, to sell papers. Its a reason/illustration why there is considerable blurring between bloggers and the mainstream press. Many times both have similar motivations (money or fame) and don't bother to check facts before they write.
4) So where will Matts end up? At this point we could give a rats ass. FR did their own post on that subject last month. http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2008/07/matts-playing-cat-and-mouse-with-nhl.html#links. A few weeks have past and still no word. He might still actually play in the NHL at some point. If we were to be forced to say where, we'd place our money on a team north of the border. Whether it be Montreal, Vancouver or back to Toronto. However we feel its quite safe to say he's not going to be skating on Broadway any time soon