There's lots at steak for Sundin in lockout

Mike Zeisberger -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Mats Sundin knows that $2.8 million US can buy you plenty of five-star reindeer-steak dinners in downtown Stockholm. That amount of money is the pay cut the Maple Leafs captain would be facing under the NHL's latest proposal to the union, an offer that would see Sundin's 2004-05 salary hacked from $8 million to $5.2 million.

SAYS HE'S NOT INSULTED

Yet Sundin claimed yesterday he was not insulted by the league's plan, one that would slice his pay cheque by 35%.

Why is he not outraged -- at least publicly?

"Because we turned it down," he said yesterday in Sweden, where he is taking part in the IMG's Worldstars tour.

"We want to play. I thought we put a strong proposal with the 24% rollback for everybody. It was disappointing that it wasn't something we could work from."

With hopes for an NHL season fading with each passing day, Sundin was asked if he had any stronger feeling toward returning to the Swedish elite league.

"I really haven't decided," he said. "I'm going to wait until after the tour is over and see what happens with the lockout.

"At this point, I'm just not sure."

Sundin and Leafs teammate Tie Domi reportedly have an open invitation to join Djurgarden, Sundin's former team, which is based in Stockholm.


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