Domi denies Djurgarden

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi apparently has rejected an offer to join Djurgarden of the Swedish elite league.

"Mats (Sundin) and I have an open offer to go there but hopefully the season will be saved," Domi said yesterday as he prepared to leave for Europe as part of the IMG WorldStars tour. "I can't see myself leaving my friends and family for three or four months."

"I also can't imagine carrying my own bag," he joked.

Prior to yesterday's WorldStars practice at the Ricoh Coliseum, Domi donned his Santa Claus hat and handed out gifts to a number of youths staying in area hostels. For the ninth consecutive year, Domi is contributing new toys to the Santa on Wheels Program, a city initiative that collects and distributes new toys for children and families who spend the holiday season in Toronto hostels.

"The funny thing is, some of the kids don't even know who I am," Domi said.

BIG RUBLES

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur admits being tempted by an offer from Jaromir Jagr's club team in Russia, a deal believed to be worth about $300,000 US per month.

"I wanted to be around my kids, so I said no," Brodeur said. "But it was hard. If there is no hockey next year I'll go for sure."

Brodeur, one of the catalysts behind the WorldStars tour, won't be with the team when it takes on the Slovakian all-stars in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Dec. 13.

Instead, he will be in Russia taking part in a ceremonial game honouring Igor Larionov.

"It's the least I could do," he said. "It's the 'Say Goodbye to Igor Larionov' farewell game. I played in a similar game for Slava Fetisov so I wasn't about to turn this offer down."

Also making the trip to Russia for the game will be Scott Gomez, who currently plays for Anchorage of the ECHL.

GOING, GOING, GONE?

Should the league and union agree on the ground work of a deal later this week, the WorldStars are not concerned about being in the dark over in Europe.

"We have cellphones and e-mail, we'll be keeping track," Anson Carter said.


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