Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ready, Aye Ready, says Mats

The slogan of the Canadian Navy is Ready Aye Ready, a clarion call that any challenge will be met and any battle will be joined.

On Wednesday, it seems Mats Sundin will be ready too, ready to begin his hockey life as a Vancouver Canuck.

Reports out of Vancouver late Tuesday have it that Sundin having tested his body over the last few days in Canuck practices will be set to make his on ice debut for his new team when they play the Edmonton Oilers in the Alberta capital.

Unless something unusual happens overnight, the long time Maple Leaf captain will step into the Canuck's lineup and hopefully provide the spark to launch them into the homestretch of the NHL season and a playoff spot.

No line combinations have been outlined yet by coach Alain Vigneault, but for those with curious minds the practice combination was Mason Raymond and Kyle Wellwood keeping strides with Sundin on the practice drills.

The Sundin saga has been a long and drawn out one in Vancouver since the Canucks first made their multi million dollar offer in the off season, with Sundin spending most of the summer and the first half of the season in Sweden, many felt that the possibility of him ever picking up a Canuck paycheque was becoming more and more remote.

If all goes to plan, he'll be making the first investment on that paycheque on Wednesday, Canuck fans anxious to see how his stamina and skill sets are at the moment, will be watching and hoping for some flashes of that Sundin magic from the past.

Vancouver Sun-- ‘I am ready’: Sundin
Vancouver Province-- Sundin set to play in Edmonton

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