Agent: Sundin's career not in jeopardy

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

Mats Sundin's hip has really become the talk of the town.

While neither party would confirm the specific nature of the ailment, Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., and J.P. Barry, Sundin's agent, acknowledged yesterday that going under the knife is, in fact, one of the options facing the veteran Swede.

At the same time, Ferguson said Sundin had yet to be examined by a hip specialist, adding that no surgery is planned as of yet.

Both parties were confident that Sundin, an unrestricted free agent come July 1, would be fit and ready to go for NHL training camps in early September.

"It's not for me to say whether Mats will require any medical treatment concerning various ailments he might have right now but I can assure you it's not career-threatening," Barry said. "At least we have not received information to that end."

Sundin, meanwhile, was perturbed that such details were forwarded to columnist Steve Simmons, who reported on Sundin's hip woes in yesterday's Sun.

"It's upsetting that someone would leak medical information like that," Sundin told Barry yesterday.

Said Barry: "Mats knows his contract situation will be a topic around town. But his medical situation is private and should remain that way.

"Mats wants to know if someone has a problem with him and wants to disrupt contract negotiations. Is that why this stuff was leaked?

Talks between the Leafs and Sundin's camp continue, with a two-year deal worth $11 million to $12 million US believed to be a realistic compromise.

Ferguson said the ailment didn't cause Sundin any significant pain during the season.

"He played every game down the stretch and didn't even miss any practices," Ferguson said.


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