July 22, 2008
Sundin: No decision yetCanucks, Leafs best options
By SUN MEDIA STAFF
Mats Sundin is expected to announce within two weeks whether he will play this coming season. And the Maple Leafs remain an option -- should he return to the NHL.
"I will make a decision in the end of July or beginning of August," Sundin told Stockholm's Aftonbladet newspaper yesterday.
"If I am going to play it's for the full season and I want to be there from the beginning of August."
Sundin went on to suggest that he'll either play for the Leafs or Vancouver Canucks in 2008-09. "The Maple Leafs are not out of the picture if I decide to play," he said.
"They made me a very good offer, even if it isn't even close to what the Canucks have offered.
"But I have been in Toronto for 13 seasons and it is like home to me.
"Joe Nieuwendyk is back and he is a fantastic leader with a strong winning mentality. He will be a tremendous help in building a Stanley Cup-contender."
As for the Canucks' two-year, $20-million US offer, Sundin said: "It is very flattering at my age. And it unusual to offer a two-year contract to a 37-year-old.
"But I will start thinking of the offers the day I decide to go on for another season. I have to be sure that I have the energy to go through another season at this level."
Sundin, who spends his summer at his off-season home in the Swedish archipelago, is just back from his annual fishing trip in north Sweden.
Asked if he would play for his country at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Sundin remained uncommitted. "I doubt that I will play for Sweden in the Olympics one more time.
"But you should never say never."