Sundin's last Leafs season?

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Mats Sundin will decide if his future is in Toronto.

While he's been the face of the franchise for 13 seasons, the 36-year-old Maple Leafs captain is running out of time to win a Stanley Cup.

With that in mind, it's believed the Leafs would be willing to do for Sundin what the Bruins did for star defenceman Ray Bourque at the end of his career.

In Bourque's case, Boston dealt him to Colorado, where he finally won his elusive Cup.

For Sundin, the word is the strong Swedish contingent in Detroit -- made up of Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Mikael Samuelsson, Andreas Lilja, Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall -- wants him in the Motor City.

There have been whispers that Sundin -- who is fiercely loyal to the Leafs and hasn't asked to be moved if the club doesn't make the playoffs -- has already been told by some members of Detroit's Swedes if he'd like to come aboard they will talk GM Ken Holland into making the move.

Holland probably wouldn't need much convincing.

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Have a nice Sunday.


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