Sundin receiving Messier Award

STEVE SIMMONS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

DETROIT -- Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin will be presented with the Mark Messier Leadership Award tomorrow afternoon in Pittsburgh.

The award is given to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.

The award for Sundin is his first as an NHL player and he becomes the first Leaf to win any award since Alexander Mogilny reluctantly took home the Lady Byng Award for most gentlemanly player in 2003.

It still isn't known if Sundin, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will return to the Leafs next season.

There have been some hints recently that Sundin wants to continue playing, but that doesn't necessarily mean in Toronto.

Sundin won't be the only award winner. Trevor Linden and Vinny Lecavalier will be presented with the NHL Foundation Award, recognizing commitment, perseverance and teamwork.

Just one question: Isn't that what the Masterton Trophy is for?

ROBERTS BACK

Gary Roberts returned to the Stanley Cup ice last night 19 years after his first Cup and made some headlines when he went after previously injured Johan Franzen in the third period. It was a cheap shot.

But then the defeated Penguins appeared to go after Wings goalie Chris Osgood, who was accused of play-acting by Penguins coach Michel Therrien.

The accusation had about as much jam as the Pens showed in either of the first two games.


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