What's on Mats' mind?

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

A hard decision or more dithering?

J.P. Barry would love to know what Mats Sundin is thinking about his future in the National Hockey League, and could get a better idea in the next 24 hours.

"We're still just trying to figure out what he will do and I will be talking to him (tomorrow)," Barry, Sundin's agent, said yesterday.

But as the majority of his NHL brethren who actually have contracts for the 2008-09 season are well into informal skates, the big Swede apparently has yet to strap on the blades this summer.

"He has been staying in shape, doing some running," Barry said, "but I don't think he is skating, no."

Recent reports have linked the 37-year-old Sundin to the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, with a return to the Leafs unlikely to happen.

The Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens also have been part of the Sundin picture in the past few months.

Back in Toronto, many of Sundin's former teammates with the Leafs have been participating in on-ice workouts, even with the start of training camp more than three weeks in the distance.

Among the newcomers this week is goalie Curtis Joseph, sporting the red mask he wore last season with the Calgary Flames.

"I really like these colours," Joseph said with a smile, motioning to his blue and white pads.

"Second time around, and I was really trying to get back here for a while. I see it as a supportive role for not only Vesa (Toskala), but all the guys.

"Help pass the torch, but at the same time, bring it every day."

Would Joseph, 41, like to stay within the organization when his playing days are done?

"If that happens one day down the road, I would view it as a privilege," Joseph said. Meanwhile, the name of forward Richard Zednik has popped up in the rumoured trade that would see the Leafs send Bryan McCabe to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Mike Van Ryn once McCabe is paid a $2-million US bonus on Sept. 1. McCabe will cost $5.75 million under the salary cap, while Van Ryn and Zednik combined would be $4.5 million.

But the Panthers are thin up front and might not want to dispose of Zednik.

SCHENN PENCILLED IN

Defenceman Luke Schenn, the Leafs' first-round pick in June, heads the team's roster for the rookie tournament Sept. 13-15 in Kitchener.

Also suiting up for the Leafs in the tourney that involves the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers freshmen are forwards Thomas Stajan, a cousin of Matt Stajan, and Eric Wellwood, the younger brother of former Leaf Kyle Wellwood.


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