Sundin says no to Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators won't be adding another talented Swede to their lineup.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray said yesterday he has been informed by Calgary-based agent J.P. Barry that Mats Sundin, who is expected to make a decision on his destination in the next week, has eliminated Ottawa from his shortlist.

While Sundin met with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk twice, he apparently has narrowed his focus to four teams -- the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks.

"We're not going to get him. We followed up with (Barry) earlier this week and they told us there were other teams they were focusing on," Murray said.

Murray said the Senators were aggressive, but admitted Ottawa's proximity to Toronto and inconsistent play by the team were factors.

"We told him money was not an issue and that we were willing to make adjustments," Murray said. "That was Mr. Melnyk ... He was willing to do something to get a contract out of the way to make the cash available.

"I'm sure it had something to do with the standings, but I'm sure it had lots to do with Ottawa versus Toronto and, obviously, with him wanting to sign with a team that will be a finalist."


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