Mats will mind his own business

TERRY KOSHAN and ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Mats Sundin will give his opinion on signing players to general manager John Ferguson, but only if he is asked for it.

"You hear rumours that captains are involved in roster changes," Sundin said. "I don't feel that is the way it should be done. I would never go behind anyone in our dressing room to try to make corrections in our lineup. That is just not the way I am, or the way I operate.

"I want to make sure the guys are on our roster and the guys who are in our dressing room are comfortable and we are doing as much as we can to win hockey games. I don't think I would be comfortable in any other role."

What Sundin was saying is that he would bite his tongue instead of telling Ferguson to get him better wingers.

KABERLE AT WORLDS

Defenceman Tomas Kaberle will play for the Czech Republic at the world championship next month.

"It's never easy (to have the season end the way it did), but at least I still get to play," Kaberle said.

Kaberle's partner on the blue line, Bryan McCabe, will not suit up for Canada.

"My grandma's pretty sick in Calgary so I'll take a trip out there to see her," McCabe said. "It has been a long year with the Olympics and having a kid. It's just bad timing."

Goalie Mikael Tellqvist, who has a lower-body injury, will not play for Sweden.

WHO DO YOU MEAN?

Darcy Tucker was asked if there was a club he might get behind in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"No, but I know who I will be rooting against," Tucker said, likely in reference to Buffalo and Ottawa.

BYE-BYE BERG

Defenceman Aki Berg has hinted that his days with the Leafs are done, but it was up to McCabe to confirm it yesterday.

"I think he's moving on," McCabe said. "He wants to raise his kids in Finland."

Berg will play for Finland at the world championship.

BACK TO THE FARM

The Leafs returned five players -- goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, defenceman Ian White and forwards Ben Ondrus, John Pohl and Jeremy Williams -- to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. The Marlies open the Calder Cup playoffs tomorrow night against the host Grand Rapids Griffins.


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