Today could go a long way toward determining Darcy Tucker's long-term future with the Maple Leafs.
Carlos Sosa, Tucker's Seattle-based agent, is in town to meet Toronto general manager John Ferguson, with a multi-year deal for the team's current leading scorer being the sole topic.
Asked if today would be a continuation of last summer's exploratory talks versus the nitty gritty of a solid proposal, Sosa said last night: "I think that's up to Toronto. I'd like to get something done soon ... we'll see what John says and how the meeting goes."
Ferguson was optimistic a satisfactory solution will be found, either this season or before Tucker qualifies for free agency next summer.
"We feel good about his play and his contributions to our team."
Tucker is in the final year of a deal that will pay him $1.6 million US, a rolled back, lockout legacy salary.
Though Sosa will not get into specifics on what he thinks Tucker is worth after a career-high 28 goals last season and seven thus far in 2006-07, it's likely he noted that left winger Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars signed for six years at $24.6 million last month.
Morrow, the team's new captain, has nine points to Tucker's 10 thus far.