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Quinn offers tribute to Mats


, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

For seven seasons he was Pat Quinn's best player.

Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers coach weighed in on the retirement of former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin.

"For me it was a great experience to have him as an player on a team that I was involved with," Quinn said.

"He's a wonderful athlete, he was a good captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was a honest, everyday performer that was very dependable."

Sundin finished an 18-year career with 1,349 points in 1,346 regular season games playing for Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver.

Quinn coached him in Toronto for eight seasons.

"He certainly was the best player in Toronto for the length of time that I was there," Quinn said.

"What he had was great strength and great athletic ability. He was the most important player, but also a real team player for that organization."